Over the last few months, hundreds of elementary students have been participating in HumanEYES. HumanEYES is a program that inspires students to artfully share their stories and reflect upon issues of identity and belonging in their own lives and in the wider world around them.

As part of HumanEYES, students were asked to take this “Intergenerational-Palm-Tree” drawing and fill it in with colours, images and wishes– for themselves, their families, their schools and their communities.
The following quote was also given to some classes for additional inspiration: “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

What would be your wish for yourself? For your family? For your community?

Gordon_normalsizeHumanEYES workshops engage young people in a range of activities that keep the learning journey fun. From “Clay and Clay Maker,” that involves sculpting your partner into a piece of art, to games like “Definition Jeopardy,” which introduces students to key concepts to understand and challenge discrimination.

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One of the HumanEYES classes created Intergenerational Cookbooks, that feature pictures and recipes from special elders in the students’ lives. We’d like to thank facilitators Ruby Smith Diaz and Neelam Khare in supporting students through this creative process.

Among the stellar team of Artist Facilitators working with the program this year are:

Ruby Smith Diaz
Kim Haxton
Neelam Khare
Ivo Haggerty
Verdann Evans
Rup Singh Sidhu
Peggy Lam
Chitha Manoranjan

Thanks to all of the participating teachers and schools of the Gulf Islands and in the Vancouver School Board.