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Students celebrate 'I Have a Dream' speech through art

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  March 22, 2013 01:25 PM

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In August of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Now, nearly fifty years after King delivered it, 63 students Boston-area schools are celebrating the iconic speech through works of art.

Through the Dream@50 art contest 63 students from kindergarten through grade 12 at 15 area schools commemorated King’s speech with artwork inspired by a word or phrase from the speech.
The contest aims to help students understand the relevance of King’s historic speech and build stronger communities through mutual understanding and respect while demonstrating the importance of the arts in education and daily life.

The students’ works will be on display at Massachusetts College of Art & Design from March 23 through March 30 and an awards ceremony kicking off the exhibit Saturday at 3 p.m.

The jury of judges for the art contest include Callie Crossley, a host and moderator for Boston Public Radio, WGBH Radio; Barry Gaither, director of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists; artist Jenny Holzer; Edward Saywell, chairman of Contemporary Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer-prize winning arts critic for The Boston Globe.

The exhibit will be housed in MassArt’s Tower Auditorium at 621 Huntington Ave.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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