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Hexagon Project, Transforming Conflict Through Art

Most people equate hexagons with math—a six-sided, two-dimensional shape. In the world around us, the hexagon shape is found in honeycombs, pencils, and certain types of bolts. But did you know hexagons are now changing the world?

The Hexagon Interdependence Project is a worldwide art project where young people are invited to explore global issues through the arts. Using hexagonal art as a medium, students come up with a collaborative work of art that expresses how they would create a better world. Because a hexagon is six-sided, each shape interlocks to reveal one cohesive, overall work of art.

The project happens in early June of each year, with a pre-chosen theme by contest coordinators. This year, the theme was Transforming Conflicts; a call to promote global citizenship, enabling learners to develop an understanding of and make connections among local, national, and global issues. The project also helps students to develop skills for civic literacy such as critical thinking, problem-solving, peacebuilding and personal and social responsibility. “I created my hexagon to represent equality, meaning that no matter what race or color you come from everyone should be treated the same,” said Jesus Jimenez-Cornejo, student artist.

This year, eleven Fairmont Prep students proudly entered the Hexagon Project and won recognition. They also earned a place in the gallery showing to be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in early September. Fairmont won Most Effective All-Over Interpretation for 2-dimensional high school collaborators internationally. The winners included: Kira Bandukwala, Gulen Celik, Noah Chak, You Min Choi, Robert Dalby, An Nguyen Hong Dang (Irene), Du Bao Dickson Fung (Dickson), Makaila Glynn, Jesus Jimenez-Cornejo (Abel), Kuangdi Liu (Reagan), Yuqing Liu (Queenie), and Amna Shafi.

As the 2018 Hexagon Project draws to a close, it is evident that students walk away from the experience with some wonderful life lessons.“My hexagon project basically means that there is a conflict between two groups of people in the Earth, one stands for those people destroying the environment for profits, and the other one is striving for protecting our living condition,” said Yiqing Liu, student artist.

Any students interested in participating in the 2019 Hexagon Project should contact Mrs. Soodak at hsoodak@fairmontschools.com.

Congratulations to all of our Husky artists!

 

Fairmont Winner – Former senior An Dang (Irene) was honored at the 2018 Hexagon Art Show. Her winning design from 2017 was a featured work of art.

 

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