Sanctuary Community Installation
Over the course of a five week period, art educators collaborated with high school students in Flatbush, Brooklyn to create a public installation as part of RESPOND BC. In light of the current political and social climate it seemed appropriate to interact with the community and produce a message of hope. Inspired by Yoko Ono's Wishing Trees, the two groups collaborated to create hundreds of hang tags reflecting upon the term "sanctuary". High school students were prompted to think about the different kinds of sanctuaries that exist and how they could be visually represented. Students used drawing materials, collage, and words to express feelings of safety, hope, and forward movement. On April 26th, 2017 the tags were hung on the trees and the students invited the public to participate and create their own messages.