Portrait of a Graduate Student Art Show & Community Listening Session
The Portrait of a Graduate Art Show features student artists from Gardner, Leominster, Fitchburg and Winchendon who have shared their visions for what school could be through art! Portrait of a Graduate is a multi-year grant from the Barr Foundation for Gardner, Winchendon, Leominster, and Fitchburg. Through the Portrait of a Graduate initiative, over 2500 students, teachers, employers and families have voiced their opinions about what school should be like to ensure that all high school graduates are ready to thrive in college, career and community.
Take a moment to read through the wonderful artist statements and comment on the art!
Register for the Art Show & Community Listening Session
Join us on March 30th at 6:30pm for a Virtual Gallery Opening and Community Listening Session. We are finally ready to unveil the Portrait of a Graduate that has come from all of your input. In addition to viewing student artwork, we will be discussing the final draft Portrait of a Graduate and getting feedback from you on what to improve and change!
Portrait of a Graduate is a multiyear grant project from the Barr foundation that has engaged over 2,500 students, teachers, employers, and families in voicing their opinions about what school should be like. Our goal is to ensure all high school graduates are ready to thrive in college, career, and community.
The Portrait of a Graduate art show features student artists from Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Winchendon and MWCC Early College programs. In these works of art, they share their visions for what school could be. We wanted to make sure we captured the ideas of students with as much equity as possible, so students were invited to share their ideas about reimagining school in whichever format felt most comfortable. You will see a variety of works here from pencil and paper to digital media.
Unique to this exhibit is an opportunity for you to participate in our arts-based research: We asked each student artist to explain how their creation connects to their Portrait of a Graduate vision. Now we need your help to communicate to the students on what you observe and feel as you engage with their art. As you view the works here, please give yourself time to absorb and reflect on what you see. Take a minute to recognize the emotion and hope that these students poured into each work of art. In the comment section below each artwork, please share a reaction word, phrase, or reflect in greater detail. This is not a critique on skill or design, but your communication about what you felt while reflecting on the students’ artwork. Help encourage our young artists with the gift of your time and feedback!
Later this month, we will finally unveil the draft of Portrait of a Graduate that has come from all your input. Please join us on March 30th at 6:30 pm for a Virtual Gallery Opening and Community Listening Session. In addition to viewing student artwork, we will be discussing the final draft of Portrait of a Graduate and getting feedback from you on what to improve and change.
IMPORTANT STUDENT REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:
All members of our community are invited to attend this exciting event, especially including students! To protect student privacy, school-based email accounts will likely not allow our registration confirmation email to be received. Students–you are welcome to register using your school account, but please be aware that you will probably not receive a confirmation email. All others–you shouldn’t have any issues registering, however, if you do need support, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you will need to do after registering is to visit the event website at https://whova.com/portal/webapp/youth_202011/. When you visit this event page for the first time, you will enter the email address you just registered with, and it will recognize you! Please create a password you won’t lose–remember, you can’t get those emails from us if you lose your password. And you should be good to go!
As an alternative, you may use a private non-school-based email. This is your choice of course.