“I am because we are.” – Ubuntu Festival at Facing History School

Ubuntu drummers at Facing History School

The Facing History School (FHS) held its annual Ubuntu Festival in May featuring artwork and performances from UAP studio and arts integration programs.  Ubuntu is a South African word used to express community and oneness, and is commonly translated as” I am because we are.” All the work exhibited connected to this theme in different ways.  The show was hosted by members of the school’s Art Crew, who also managed all the tech and stage crew for the event.

Urban Arts work on display included a slideshow of students’ soft sculptures made through an exchange with young children from Haiti.  The Haitian students sent drawings to FHS, and then the FHS students created toy-like sculptures based on the children’s drawings, which were then mailed to them in Haiti.  Visual Arts students presented a series of portrait paintings of individuals who inspire them.  Students in the Drumming Class shared a group performance entitled “Drum Out Weapons” that included a musical conversation between different instruments to advocate for peace.  The Film and Media Class presented a video that showcased their media literacy skills and knowledge of film terminology to deconstruct and respond to a popular commercial.  Music Production students showcased a series of original tracks that explored how music can transform your mood or perspective.  Two additional arts integration projects created as part of UAP’s one-on-one professional development coaching model; a video by students in Speech Class reflecting on their learning needs and a slideshow of graphic design pieces from a math class where students designed shelters for individuals displaced by Hurricane Sandy.  Both of these pieces can be viewed below.

We are incredibly proud of our FHS students and their amazing work this semester!