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Painting their Community

CEO Paints

Students in CEO (Center for Educational Options) were recently challenged to reflect on their sense of place and community with a painting project brought to them by Suzanne Banta, the youth services librarian with Henry County Public Library.

Banta first showed students a TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” in which African novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

“We then discussed the single story of Henry County and how that affects our lives,” Banta said. “For the painting project, I gave students an outline of the county to transfer to canvas and then asked them to paint something inside the county that depicts community for them and represents why they can be proud of where they’re from.”

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