Pender Speaker Uses art to bring about social change

Thanks to the generosity of the Pender family and the Maltz Museum's Stop the Hate Fund, we were able to invite John Noltner, founder of the "A Peace of My Mind" project to campus. His multimedia art exhibit, a collection of photos of subjects from all walks of life and their responses to the question, “What does peace mean to you?”, was on display in various parts of campus for two weeks in March. The project aims to use art to bring about social change.

Noltner was on campus for over a week in March, sharing his insight with students across disciplines and divisions. He met with students in a variety of courses including Intro to Art; religion; Culture, Self & Connection; photo; and entrepreneurship. He met with the fifth and sixth graders followed by the third and fourth graders. He addressed all students in grades 7-12 in Convocation and met with the Diversity, International and Peace and Justice Clubs.
 
Additionally, approximately 40 students who submitted answers to the school-wide prompt, “What does community mean to you?” participated in a photo shoot, which mimicked Noltner's “A Peace of My Mind” project. From that photo shoot, he created a video.

Back on campus for his rescheduled presentation for parents, alumni and guests (it had to be canceled in March due to a snow day), he debuted the video for students at Convocation on Thursday and shared it with guests at his lunchtime presentation about how to foster a spirit of inclusivity in our children.
 
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