Students in Jamestown High School’s Communications, Performing and Visual Arts Academy participated in a global art project during its recent Academy Day.
“My Mark Matters,” created by Buffalo Studio Art resident artist, Fotini Galanes, is an outreach to children from all 196 countries to make their individual mark on 1-inch squares. Those squares will then be assembled into a cubic sphere to create a 3D globe of planet Earth.
According to Galanes, the finished art piece will be a pixelated image of nearly 18,000 human marks that do not distinguish race, color, age or gender.
In addition to creating squares for the project, students also listened to Galanes’ discuss overcoming adversity in her life as well as her career as an artist.
In 2015, Jamestown High School adopted an Academy Model for its students. This model helps students focus on their college and career goals, courses pertaining to their interests, and networking with community members. At the end of their freshman year, students are able to select an academy.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors are placed in homerooms with their fellow academy members and are able to participate in Academy Days throughout the school year. On Academy Days, students meet with professionals in their chosen fields, visit college campuses and participate in activities related to their interests.
A grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Blossom Fund supported Galanes’ visit to Jamestown.