Public Display of Art (PDA)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Arts Education
Issue Area: 
Fairness
Focus Question 

What role does art play in a civil society? How does intolerance affect the community and what is each person's responsibility to address it? 

 

Photo Credit:  Public Art in New York by Sculpture Nature is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Raise awareness that everyone has value, and while differences may lead to intolerance, diversity actually makes society stronger. The learners contribute their artistic talents to advocate for tolerance, non-violence, justice and beauty thus making our world a better place to live.

Service Experience 
  The learners create an artistic display to communicate core values and beliefs of a civil society.   
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Public Display of Art (PDA)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The learners will explore the impact of and responses to the February 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  They will explore alternative ways to respond in a nonviolent way and learn how acting philanthropically will often produce positive results even out of tragedy.

Unit: 
Public Display of Art (PDA)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The purpose of this lesson is that the learners will advocate for tolerance through art, particularly photography.  They will create aesthetic and thoughtful art that portrays beauty in diversity, celebrates differences, and shows hope and serenity. They will share their art talent with others.

Unit: 
Public Display of Art (PDA)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The purpose of this lesson is for learners to advocate for tolerance through painting. Learners create thoughtful painting that reflects their personal beliefs and values following their exposure to and the examining of some of the positive results that have been inspired by acts of intolerance or violence. They will share their talent and their interpretation of this assignment with the community through a planned and promoted public exhibition of their work.