Sheehan School Community Begins "Weaving & Welcoming" Inclusion Art Project
Just after Memorial Day, Sheehan School students and staff of the Westwood Public Schools officially launched the school's new temporary art installation, Weaving & Welcoming, an art project to express inclusiveness and welcome in the school community. The inclusive art installation decorates the long wire fence that runs between the Sheehan school playground and the town's playing field. The art has been growing over time, as new expressions of welcome and inclusion are added by the school community.
Appearing first over Memorial Day Weekend was the shape of a red heart, created by red plastic cups nestled into holes in the fence. Alongside the heart is a sign explaining the Weaving & Welcoming art installation.
On Tuesday, June 2, 2021, a colorful Sheehan sign was added, using the same technique as the red heart, with letters of the word formed by colorful plastic cups. Also appearing were flags in red, yellow, green, blue and pink, each displaying encouraging words and/or pictures penned in black ink. A "Free To Be Me" sign was added in colored ink.
By the weekend of June 5th, more colorful flags, signs, and pictures appeared. Ribbons and colored yarn are now woven around fence holes, and the word, "Love," is spelled out using pink, plastic streamers. A second, smaller red heart of plastic cups has been created to the right of the first, big heart, which now sports a rainbow flag at its center. To the other side of the little heart is a large circle created from the connected hands of thirty-eight individual paper cut-out people. One particularly impressive art addition is the depiction of a single person's face, constructed from the faces of individuals of different races, and appearing under a heading "Diversity Matters!"
The temporary art installation is a gathering of symbols of inclusion, "to create a welcoming environment for all," says Sheehan Principal Kristen Evans in an announcement to students' families. Families are invited to add their own symbols of inclusion to the fence through the weekend of June 12th.
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