FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Kelley Romar Edwin Gil
21st Century ACE Faces of Diversity
Project Director Artist
Social Art Initiative To Help Breakdown Stereotypes Through Experiential Activities
HOUSTON, TX – (FEBRUARY 3, 2015) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced it will work with the La Marque Independent School District (LMISD) and its 21st Century ACE Program February 23-27 at La Marque Elementary and Intermediate, 1431 Bayou Road La Marque ,Texas 77568. Gil, a native of Colombia who now calls North Carolina home, will work with students to address the dire consequences of bullying and how to celebrate the diverse qualities that make us all unique. The weeklong event will include hands-on workshops as Gil collects student thumbprints on small pieces of glass that he will use to make a giant 8’ X 8’ face. Each student thumbprint is a pledge to value diversity and stand up against bullying. The unveiling ceremony of Gil’s Faces of Diversity will take place on Friday, February 27 at the La Marque ISD administration Building.
The unveiling ceremony of Gil’s Faces of Diversity will take place at the La Marque ISD Administration Building, 1727 Bayou Road, La Marque, Texas 77568 on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:00a.m.
“We are proud to partner with Faces of Diversity, which will undoubtedly have a positive influence on our students,” says Terri Watkins, superintendent. “The contributions of our students and school community demonstrate that bullying will not be tolerated in our schools, but even more important, shows the power of teamwork in addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Through its art component, Faces of Diversity brings stories of triumph, courage, and strength to life.”
“The goal in bringing Faces of Diversity to LMISD is to have meaningful conversations around diversity and the affects of bullying, which will positively impact the climate and cultures of our schools,” says Kelley Romar, Project Director, 21st Century ACE Program. “Edwin Gil’s Faces of Diversity will demonstrate how students can all work together to build each other up and respect differences.
“Faces of Diversity help provide a voice to students who may not have an outlet to express their feelings,” says Faces of Diversity co-creator and artist, Edwin Gil. “Working with school districts like LMISD, communities and students across the U.S. can see how art can be used as non-invasive ‘safe’ communications tool to address the topics of diversity of bullying head-on.”
About 21st Century ACE Program: The LMISD afterschool program provides extended learning opportunities for children and their families and offers innovative activities that reinforce and complement student’s regular academic programs.
About Edwin Gil: Born December 11, 1971 in Itagui, Colombia, Edwin Gil is a contemporary conceptual artist best known for his vibrant colors and proprietary paint technique used to achieve depth and movement in his works. Gil combines his post-graduate studies in Psychology, as well as knowledge gained by working with great Colombian artistic masters like Hector Favio Castaño and Jorge Botero Lujan, to find meaning in the ordinary. In doing so, he has developed three fundamentals for painting – for fun, for love, for life – that can be seen throughout his work. After moving to the U.S. in 2000 and a short stint in Miami, Gil established himself in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he became the principal focus of Hispanic art.
About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through hands on art activities and thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity and connection among diverse groups by demonstrating how our differences should be respected and celebrated. Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, shares his personal story of triumph over tragedy, leads workshops, and creates a large 8’ X 8’ piece of artwork using participant thumbprints. The ‘face of diversity’ is gifted to each participating organization and serves as a reminder that our collective strength comes from our individual talents and unique personalities.