Charlestown High School Art Class
with Massachusetts College of Art’s Student Teaching Residency
Media: Fabric Arts
Mentor Artists: Ms. Jellinghaus and Mr. Lane
BU Wheelock Adult Liaison: Ann Tobey
Age Range: 14-17
Charlestown High art students were working on drawings and linoleum block printing exploring imagery relating to Haitian art and culture when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010. The students and staff decided to work together with outside liaisons to make these two quilts to sell in order to raise money for Haitian earthquake relief. The group intended to show their collective support for their brothers and sisters suffering in Haiti. When the funds were delivered to the families involved in the artist cooperative, many chose to use the money to pay the fee so their children could to go to school.
The embroidered texts are Haitian proverbs, written in Haitian Creole and in English translation. The images and texts express the Energy of Ubuntu by focusing on our ability to aid in healing and reconstruction through collective action. Men anpil chay pa lou – Many hands make the load lighter!