Inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, eighth grade students at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Brooklyn set out to create an ode to inspirational individuals, including their parents, siblings, teachers, and even civil rights activists. While creating Foundations of Our Heart: You Are Cordially Invited to Inspire Us, these students had a unique opportunity to explore their roles as artists and authors through the generation of artist statements, table settings, and invitations addressed to those they wished to honor.
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Foundations of Our Heart offers offers powerful examples of young women exploring their creative capabilities. Their creations are particularly relevant for Women’s History Month, as many of the individuals they are inspired by are women, including mothers, teachers, and even former First Lady Michelle Obama.
We invite you to use this book to celebrate the many successes and accomplishments of the women in your students’ lives, and to explore the ways in which women provide inspiration for the future. Use this text to imagine your own multimodal projects, where your students can flourish as authors and artists, and serve as inspiration for others!