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Kent State Students Display “Leading for Social Justice” Artwork

Posted Dec. 15, 2010

Kent State University graduate students in Dr. Christa Boske’s “Leading for Social Justice” course, along with local artists, will host the “Can You See Me Now?” art show on Friday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 to
8:30 p.m. at the School of Art Gallery on the Kent State campus.

Twenty students in Boske’s class took a social justice stance and translated it into art, making it with the support of a local artist mentor. “The artwork emphasizes the need for school leaders, teachers and community members to lead schools out of the mire of entrenched inequities due to race, class, ability, sexual identity, immigration status, religion, native language and gender,” Boske said.

Kent State doctoral student Thomas Larkin and his local artist mentor Roger Boggs created an art piece titled “Self Reflection of Three Educators,” which includes three, five-by-five foot frames with hanging sheers. As the observer looks through the curtains, one reads words about how three teachers view the world and how they perceive students living on the margins. The art piece encourages other educators to self reflect and recognize diversity.

“The project has challenged me to develop a deeper understanding of social justice and create a piece of art, which I never have done,” said Larkin, assistant superintendent of Kent City Schools.

The art show is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and the artwork is available to purchase with all proceeds going to charity.

Kent State’s School of Art Gallery is located in the Art Building on Terrace Drive. For more information, contact Boske at

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Media Contacts:
Beth Thomas,, 330-672-7838
Bob Burford,, 330-672-8516