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Leaves From Roots

Leaves From Roots is the brainchild of Britt Black, BTSALP Visual Art specialist at Philo T. Farnsworth Elementary School (Granite School District.) The exhibit celebrates the rich and diverse cultures that make up the community and student body of the school. This project comes with a lot of thought and meaning. Students have been working since the start of the 2019-2020 school year to create a leaf based on an investigation into their own roots.

These artists know that there was once a member of their family that brought them and their culture to Utah, whether it was quite recently or hundreds of years ago. Perhaps this family member was their great, great grandmother. Perhaps it was they themselves.

They researched this idea and created symbols and stories to display for their family traditions, celebrations, cultures, languages, motifs and flags on their leaf. All based on their research. The actual leaves which they cut out are shaped from these countries of origin. You will see in these young artists’ work that they joyfully and vibrantly show ways they celebrate through line and color. You will see pictures and symbols telling stories from their families and how their families worked hard to get here. You will see pictures and symbols marking the countries that ultimately influence their culture and pride

This is the beautiful, diverse, colorful community of Farnsworth Elementary School displayed in hundreds of leaves.

1 Comment

  1. Bruce Hucko says:

    This is one of the most culturally beautiful, engaging, insightful and needed art projects I’ve heard of in quite a while. Even the cutout leaves are representative of “home” countries! Brilliant! I bet it brings smiles and a sense of pride to the kids, their parents and all their relatives. Now I have to research what leaves come from my “home” Czechoslovakia!

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