Sena wrote: “My print is about poverty. People see other people in trouble and don’t do anything about it. They just look. It’s easy to do nothing and just stand by and watch other people suffer. To actually do something takes courage. There is always something you can do…”
Given Dr. Grossmann’s policy background, he developed curriculum to merge art and social justice. The curriculum was tested with intermediate, high school, and college aged students.
Through a partnership between Afterschool Art and recent UH Manoa BFA graduate, Crystal Tezuka, Afterschool Art funded an “Art-to-Go” program through Linekona’s Outreach program and St. Teresa’s School. Crystal prepared and taught weekly 2-hour art classes to a selective group of 3rd and 4th graders. This showed Crystal the reality of working as an art teacher at a private elementary school in Honolulu: preparing curriculum and supplies, adjusting daily projects to produce a desirable outcome, and working towards maximizing creative concentration.
The 12-week course culminated in a final class show where parents and school faculty were invited to view students’ artwork, and to share in the unique diversity of each student’s viewpoints, creativity, and personality.
“I think it’s important to share inspiration with students, and to explain what exactly is inspirational to me, and WHY certain artists are important. Projects ranged from working 2D in printmaking, watercolors, and oil pastels, to thinking 3D and planning a public work of art for Honolulu. Having a smaller class size allows me to spend time with each student, and to learn their interests and future goals, whether if it’s in art, archaeology, sports, or photography.”
— Crystal Tezuka