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, a small sampling of students’ tiles can be viewed in select Appleton Area School District buildings.
The La Crosse Public Education Foundation is running a similar program during the 2013/2014 school year.
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