Dr. Scott & Cyndi Brown Family Grant: Conflict, Crisis, and Creativity: Mohamad Hafez
- School Year: 2017-2018
- Applicants: Brigid Kennedy, Lead Teacher Robert Loebell (Hall), Rachael Martinelli (Hall), Elise Dunphe (Hall)
- School: Conard High School
- Subjects: Visual Arts, Social Studies
Artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez will present his personal experiences, as a Syrian immigrant to the United States with refugee relatives in Sweden, with high school students at both Conard and Hall High Schools. Hafez began making art when the war started six years ago and his powerful pieces communicate the human cost of war and his personal anguish regarding the destruction of his native land. His presentation will address the differences and commonalities between world cultures while revealing the consequences of war. The artist will conduct a lecture and hands-on workshop at each high school and then return to discuss original work created by the students through the workshop process. Students will be encouraged to discover and develop creative connections between conflict in their own experience on both a personal and community level.