Youth Collaboration Entry
This work is a reflection of the students at Byron Center Public Schools. Influenced by recent student work by Freshman Marie Baar, our k-12 students, staff, and community members were invited to make their mark on this piece by drawing a portraits on bottle caps, paint on panels, and cut/paste mirrored papers. Using student silhouettes, the caps fill in the space and demonstrate the impact others have on us. In this work, we want to focus on how we can become more through the positive interactions with others and invite the viewer to reflect on their own impact on those around them in the work. Inspired the books "It's Okay to Be Different," by Todd Parr, "The Color of Us," by Karen Katz, and "Magic Trash: The Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art," by J.H. Shapiro, this entry celebrates our ability to stand out as individuals and come together to do big things. It asks the viewer to participate by seeing themselves in the reflections of the work, becoming clearer the closer they get to it.