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Art Students Picture a World Without Intolerance

Grade Level: 
Middle School (6-8)
High School (9-12)

Palo Alto High Students Picture a World Without Intolerance

In this excerpt of "Not In Our School Palo Alto," Palo Alto High School students in Margo Wixsom's art classes design compelling posters about confronting intolerance and stereotyping. (2:34)

Discussion Questions:

  1. The teacher in this video wants to show her students the connection between using statements like “That’s so gay” or “You run like a girl” and burning down churches or other violent acts of hate.  What do you believe is the connection she is trying to make?
  2. Was there one art pieces and/or companion words used with the art that you found particularly inspiring or moving? Why do you think this was the case?  (The video may need to be viewed more than once to showcase the artwork.)    
     Some of these phrases used were:
      • Hate builds walls, love builds bridges
      • It’s not what you look at, it’s how you see
      • Love can’t see color
      • You can come out now, you are safe here
      • It’s not what’s on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that makes you who you are
  1. Can you think of examples of other forms of creative expression that have made a difference in the way you think about social or civil rights issues? (This could be a book, movie, TV show, mural, poetry, etc…)  Why do you think these different mediums can be effective in engaging people in dialogue or reflection on these issues?




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