Healing Art Project Created One Year After The Tragic Parkland Shooting

Turning Pain into Beauty

By Laurie Marshall

Parkland Art Project

Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Florida coped with the first anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2019. There is nothing more humbling than facing the grief and helplessness that arises from the act of murder of innocent people. The shooter had gone to the middle school for three years. The staff had worried about him, but he slipped through the cracks.

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Art as Peace Building

By Laurie Marshall

Art can serve as a preventive medicine with the power to transform the effects of violence individually, within a school, and in the greater community, as seen through three projects.

As art educators, we can “critique” senseless violence—mistreatment, exclusion, intimidation, bullying, violation, abuse, corruption, murder, and war—by unleashing the power of our students’ creativity. In this article, I’ll talk about how art is preventative medicine with the power to transform the cycle of violence, sharing my philosophical context. I’ll focus on three realms: (1) Art healing the effects of violence on the individual, (2) Art unifying divisions within a school, and (3) Art for building peace in a greater community. For each realm, I will give example projects.

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