People’s Hexagon Project Announced

Hexagon Project

Interdependence Day 2012

People’s Hexagon Project Announced

 Scranton, PA The Greater Scranton Interdependence Day Committee announces the 2012 The People’s Hexagon Project. An International Arts Project for all – individuals, community and community groups and organizations are all welcome to join – no specific art experience necessary – just great ideas.

The Project can be summed up simply:  A Small Shape with Big Ideas!

Participants are ask to use the shape of a hexagon – or multiple hexagons –  in any medium,  including digital, to respond creatively to the many themes of  Interdependence  and become part of an international movement to create a more civil, peace-minded and just community, city, state, nation and world. The hexagon is a metaphor for our interconnectedness. Over 2000 hexagons have been submitted over five years.

Participants can download the hexagonal template, a power point presentation, examples of work, handouts for motivation and readings from the Interdependence Handbook which are all available on-line at the Interdependence website at Check the hexagon section.

Beth Burkhauser, chairperson for the project, reports that the themes for the project invite people to think of ways we are interdependent and how we can take action through art by addressing issues of social justice, just government and political action,  women’s and children’s rights, personal identity and connectedness, ecology and environment, poverty, civil society and democracy. According to Burkhauser, a new category challenge for 2012 is collaboration (optional).    The challenge to all  is to think how to approach the project with an element of collaboration, teamwork, group interaction and or problem-solving; i.e., “interdependent thinking, problem-solving and/or making.”

Recognition will be given to those who demonstrate outstanding response to the themes of Interdependence in a variety of media in September.

Ages categories:

Birth – 5;

6– 10;

11 – 18;


Deadline for the 2012 Hexagon Project is August 24, 2012. Drop off at the Library Express at the Mall at Steamtown OR send to People’s Hexagon, 815 Clay Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510. Registration, release forms and templates can be found on the website The project has received entries from all over the world including Canada, Nepal, Jamaica, Haiti and across the United States. The project has been feature in regional news, the International Society for Education through Art’s Newsletter and a national School Arts magazines.

Beth Burkhauser and George Barbolish co-chairman for the Hexagon Project, made a presentation about the Hexagon Project at the National Art Education Association in New York City this March.  Burkhauser made a presentation at International Society for Education Through Art in Indianapolis, Indiana this past June.

Please Check the Hexagon Project at:

Check out the Hexagon Blog at

  • This site is a  gallery of student art work, with written responses, concerning the global issue of Interdependence. The work represented is part of The International Interdependence Hexagon Project and Interdependence Day: – a world-wide visual celebration of explorations by young people, ages 10 – 18, about their rights, issues, dreams, responsibilities and possibilities in a post 9/11 world – an increasingly smaller and more interdependent world  – which they will soon inherit.

Beth Burkhauser, Chair, International Interdependence Hexagon Project     

Please also check out the Hexagon Project on Facebook at

Check it out the Hexagon at the wordpress:

Please follow the Hexagon Project on Twitter at

Hexagon Project VI will open on First Friday, Sept 7, 2012 at the Libraray Express 2nd Floor at the Mall at Steamtown Scranton, PA

This is the Sixth International Exhibit of art work from young people, ages 10 – 18 from around the globe.  They are responses to interdependence themes of a social justice and ecological nature and illustrate common needs and responsibilities in  a world that is becoming increasingly smaller and more interdependent. All hexagons, created inside a down-loadable template, in any medium, are displayed as an organic whole along the library walls and shelves and, as such,  are metaphors for our interconnectedness. Some of the countries represented are Nepal, Canada, Haiti, the Philippines, Jamaica, Africa and across the United States. The exhibit will be up during the month of September. Exhibit is open to the public. For additional information please contact Beth Burkhauser at or Andrea Talarico at

2012 Recognition Event and Student Reception

September 16, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. at the Library Express 2nd Floor, The Mall at Steamtown.

All exhibiting students are invited to celebrate Interdependence and recognition given to students who display exceptionally creative responses to the themes of Interdependence.

Interdependence Day Celebration September 12, 2012 Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton, PA.

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