As a teaching artist I validate the completion of a project by documenting the student with their work. Sensitive to privacy issues these mask portraits speak to the multiple faces of a person, the barriers between our private and public lives and the ability of our imaginations to take us anywhere. These portraits intrigue me because the masks have an uncanny ability to erase social cues tied to race - freeing the audience and the wearer.
Our communities of children flourish when given arts access. It allows for dreaming and provides valuable connections to each other.