Gil is an avid social activist and uses his art to bridge cultures and diverse groups living in the U.S. His Con ‘A’ de Arte (A For Art) and Art Si (Art Yes) through the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, connects youth and promotes art as a vehicle to affect
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Faces of Diversity
Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, offers Faces of Diversity – an anti-bullying and character development tool for students with the assistance of teachers and administrators – by incorporating his post-graduate studies in psychology to open up the hearts and minds of participants. Through experiential activities, students are guided by Gil in which pieces of their personal stories and... View more
It depends on how the school wants to set up the programing and this varies from school
to school. I need a space to interact with the kids for the talk and the collection of thumb prints and a space to create the art work.
Varies with site and number of students included in each project.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1.c Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1.b Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1.b, (7.1b, 8.1b) Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
B.V.2 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to artistic expression.
B.V.2.3 Create personal, symbolic expression as a means of communication (original, visual
A.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts.
10 February 2016
To whom it may concern:
I am writing in regard to the recent Faces of Diversity project which took place in our district the week of February 1-5, 2016. This is the third time we had the pleasure of having Edwin Gil and Faces of Diversity in our district, which speaks volumes of our appreciation and respect for the program.
His approach to the permanently installed re-verse painted glass mosaic murals involved every single person in each of the buildings in which he created a work. The students and faculty and staff worked together, and as each put a thumb print into paint for the piece, everyone felt like an important part of the process .Every child felt empowered by the experience, and proudly stood at the unveiling.
Faces of Diversity is an excellent program for school districts. The process is very well organized, materials are relatively inexpensive, the mural is quickly completed, and the district maintenance crew installed the 8’ x 8’ mural in 20 minutes.
It offers a unique opportunity to students; Edwin had several art students at the high school work as his apprentices, teaching them glass cutting, painting, and mosaic skills. He is generous with his time and talent. He taught students how to create their own murals, and invited them to contact him with any questions they may have in the future.
Faces of Diversity empowers people of all ages. Edwin told our students and staff that they were special because of their unique differences, and that if they worked towards their dreams, they could succeed in anything they strived for. Edwin Gil is a warm and open person, and as he shared his own difficult life story, students related to him, and shared their own hardships, and dreams. Edwin Gil is a spectacular artist, and his work will continue to welcome our students to our schools every day for years to come, each person looking at the finished piece with the pride of ownership.
I highly recommend Edwin Gil and Faces of Diversity, and look forward to having him return to our district for another mural very soon.
by Joan Finn, LMISD Fine Arts Coordinator at Lamarque School District Texas
30 day notification; if within the 30 days, the school must pay 50% of the cost