During the 2010/2011 school year, students in art classes within the Appleton Area School District – a total of 10,436 from kindergarten through 12th grade – were asked to illustrate their idea of compassion on a small tile. Showing thousands of different meanings for one word, the artwork within the Appleton Compassion Project – combined with a brief narrative – was turned into a special exhibition at The Trout Museum of Art.
To celebrate this one-of-a-kind mosaic, an Appleton Compassion Project Live! presentation and performance was staged at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. This inspirational evening featured:
- Dr. Richard Davidson, world-renowned brain scientist from UW-Madison’s Waisman Center and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
- Performance by the Appleton North High School Choir, with national recording artist Cory Chisel
- A multimedia presentation of the students’ artwork
- Poetry from former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Ellen Kort
Though this project occurred several years ago, the art exhibit lives on in digital form. View the art pieces on the Compassion Project’s website. A video of the Compassion Project Live! performance is preserved by Post-Crescent Media.
The La Crosse Public Education Foundation is running a similar program during the 2013/2014 school year.
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