Love the Skin You're In: A Celebration of Humanity

  • The Ken-Ton School District Art Department celebrated the opening reception of the student art exhibit "Love the Skin You're In: A Celebration of Humanity" on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Family Support Center. The exhibit features a variety of student artwork that celebrates and explores the beauty of diversity.

    You can see photographs of some of the student artwork along with posted descriptions of the corresponding project in the photo galleries below.

  • More Information About "Love the Skin You're In":

    The exhibit featured work by students of all ages from Franklin Elementary, Franklin Middle, Hoover Middle, Kenmore East and the Big Picture Program. It was inspired by "Humanæ," an ongoing photographic work by artist Angelica Dass. Humanæ is "an unusually direct reflection on the color of the skin, attempting to document humanity’s true colors rather than the untrue labels 'white,' 'red,' 'black' and 'yellow' associated with race. It’s a project in constant evolution seeking to demonstrate that what defines the human being is its inescapably uniqueness and, therefore, its diversity." You can learn more about Humanæ here:

    The Ken-Ton School District Art Department specially chose the Family Support Center as the site for this exhibit. The Family Support Center is a unique District-run program which provides family counseling and many other social-emotional support services for hundreds of families each year.

    Toward the end of the 2020-21 school year, Ken-Ton School District Art Coordinator Denise Carr, Family Support Center Director Janet Cerra, and art teachers Elaine Korczykowski, Jennifer Leone, Gina McCartney, Lisa Mihelbergel and Matthew Sagurney embarked upon a collaborative undertaking to bring Angelica Dass's concept to Ken-Ton School District art classes. The art teachers worked during the summer to coordinate the multi-faceted exhibit and develop the curriculum each would introduce in their various art classes at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

    The artwork will be on display at the Family Support Center until the end of November and then at the Ken-Ton School District Administration Building through December.

  • Art teachers

    From left, art teacher Gina McCartney, District Art Coordinator Denise Carr, art teacher Lisa Mihelbergel, Family Support Center Director Janet Cerra, and art teachers Elaine Korczykowski, Matthew Sagurney, and Jennifer Leone.