Random Acts of Kindness leads to unique art project at Chinook

A few more random acts of kindness would go a long way towards improving the world we live in.

That sentiment has been shared by students at Chinook High School, who recently hosted Random Acts of Kindness Day celebrations.

Part of the event included a project directed by Nicole Greaves and her Art students, which included a kindness bulletin board, which was designed and implemented by a student in Taryn Rodzinyak’s English Language Learning classes.

“The project was inspired by The Community Foundation and Volunteer Vancouver’s invitation to participate in Random Acts of Kindness Day, which took place on Nov. 3,” said Greaves. “The visual arts students looked at ideas about public art and abandoned art, or small artworks that are placed in public spaces by artists seeking to reach an unsuspecting audience.”

Students worked in collaborative groups to come up with their own pieces of artwork, based on the theme of Random Acts of Kindness, to put throughout the school. 

“Some of the pieces were very interactive, such as the Kindness Tree, where fellow students were invited to read the messages or leave one of their own,” said Greaves. “Others were small pieces of positivity or encouragement placed in bathrooms, lockers, stairwells and other unlikely places.”

The Art Club also set up a table in the foyer the day before Random Acts of Kindness Day, with all the supplies in place so students could create their own small kindness artwork to put into the world or take one that was already made. 

“The goal of the project was to get visual art students thinking about how they can make a positive impact on their community, using their unique vision and skills,” said Greaves. “It gave these students an opportunity to create a visible presence in their school, engage in using art as a positive social action and to think about how art can exist outside of traditional art spaces.”

Date posted: Nov. 9, 2017

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