Olivia Plunkett and Leah Soule

Creating ‘Art With a Purpose’ in Ghana

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Friday January 04, 2013

What does it mean to be happy? Our names are Leah Soule and Olivia Plunkett and we want to answer this question.  We are both seniors in the Big Picture School at South Burlington High School.  In Big Picture, we develop our own curriculum for the year and receive academic credit through college courses, independent projects, and internships.  Seniors in Big Picture are also required to create a senior thesis project to work on throughout the year.  For our project, we are designing a service trip to Ghana, West Africa that involves bringing a positive curriculum and creative outlet to a rural secondary school.  Our goal for this trip is to organize an equal learning experience for everyone at the school, including ourselves.  We want to work with the students to create a mural that shows what happiness means to them.  We will also be working in South Burlington High School to create a similar mural with our fellow students and peers.

 In the Hatsukope Secondary School in Ghana, we will work with the students during school hours as well as after school to provide a safe and healthy environment to create art and connections between South Burlington and Hatsukope.  We will be in Ghana for six weeks, leaving in April and returning at the end of May.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn from young adults who have grown up in a different part of the world and to work together to explore both of our cultures through creative expression.  With your support and the support of the South Burlington community, this dream can become reality.

Please consider contributing on our website: http://www.indiegogo.com/artwithapurpose or simply spread the word about this trip.  Everything will help make this project happen!  We also would welcome any donations of art supplies to use in our project.  Contact Leah Soule at soulel@sbschools.net if you have any questions or are interested in donating art supplies.

SOURCE: Olivia Plunkett and Leah Soule, SBHS Big Picture School