Division Avenue Artists Create A "Peace of Art" At Adelphi University
Is peace possible Can artwork and the spoken word engage in questions about peace Can art be used as a medium to foster dialogue and understanding Division Avenue High School students affirmatively answered these questions in powerful and engaging ways at Adelphi University.
The artwork of nineteen artists and poets from Division Avenue was on exhibit in the award-winning Performing Arts Center at Adelphi University during the Fall Arts Festival. The annual festival is hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Art department and the Critical Peace, Justice and Human Rights program. This year the theme, "Peace of Art," transformed the Adelphi campus into a moving dialogue about peace. Sidewalks across the entire campus were illustrated with artwork in the "Chalk Up" event.
DAHS students created a beautiful and powerful design on the campus sidewalk. The Division dragon mascot was on glorious display and attracted praise from Adelphi students and faculty members. Students also walked in honor of Amal, a 12 -foot tall puppet that has traveled the world to spread awareness about refugees.Film, dance and interactive projects were provided for students.
Armaan Singh, elected officer and club editor of the Key Club, worked with staff at Adelphi and DAHS to create the opportunity for his fellow peers. Poetry pieces from his forthcoming book on war and conflict were also on display in the exhibit. Students were honored to spend time with administrators from the university. Dr. Susan Briziarelli and Dr. Anne Mungai from the Provost office as well as Dr. Maggie Lally, Associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences engaged in thoughtful conversation with DAHS artists. Dr. Mungai encouraged the students to use their voice to make the world a better place. Students were congratulated for being the first ever high school group to participate and have their work on display on campus.