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May 10, 2015 
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FACES OF DIVERSITY AT QUAIL HOLLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL Save the date May 22, 2015 for the unveiling of the face of diversity 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (MAY 10, 2015) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced that, A’Raya Green was selected as Quail Hollow Middle School’s “Face of Diversity”.

Artist Edwin Gil launched an anti-bullying initiative with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Character Development Department called Faces of Diversity. 

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Edwin Hernandez - Nations Ford Elementary - Faces of Diversity
December 19, 2013
 
 
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NATIONS FORD STUDENT BECOMES LATEST FACES OF DIVERSITY INSPIRATION
Little Boy’s Courage During Adversity Sets Tone For Amazing Art Piece

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (December 19, 2013) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Nations Ford Elementary School will become the latest school to receive a Faces of Diversity by artist Edwin Gil. As part of the CMS’ Making It Better character development initiative, Faces of Diversity uses experiential art activities to encourage respectful dialogue and understanding among students, staff, and the community. Gil collected more than 700 Nations Ford Elementary School student thumbprints during the week of December 16 and created a giant 8′ X 8′ face, which will be unveiled on December 20, 2013 at Nations Ford Elementary School, 8300 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 at 10:00 a.m.

“We are honored to be a part of such an amazing project that addresses bullying in our schools,” says Omar Jorge, Partner at Compare Foods Supermarkets and Faces of Diversity Corporate Sponsor. “Nations Ford Elementary is a very diverse school, so initiatives like Faces of Diversity are crucial in promoting inclusion, acceptance and respect among students.”

“Faces of Diversity continues to build student confidence as it helps to ensure all students are valued regardless of their station in life,” says Brian Cockman, President of Rooster Communications and Faces of Diversity Co-Creator. “Partnering with the CMS’ Making It Better initiative was a natural fit since both programs seek to unite students and the communities in which they live.”

Edwin Hernandez was selected as Nations Ford Elementary’s face in the Faces of Diversity program. Hernandez was chosen to represent the school as result of his work ethic, perseverance, respect for his fellow students, and courage amidst a serious medical condition. He has overcome many obstacles in his life and is a first generation U.S. citizen of Mexican decent. Hernandez confronts these medical challenges head on and never makes excuses. He treats all students equally, does not ask for special treatment, and does so because he believes it is the right thing to do. His actions and maturity make him an excellent role model for all Nations Ford students.

The CMS Making It Better Initiative works with Faces of Diversity to tell the stories of 10 students within the district who stood for a cause.  The entire student body gets involved, hearing Edwin Gil’s own story, while becoming an integral part of the art piece with their thumbprint.

Most recently, Faces of Diversity has worked with Harding University High School in Mecklenburg County and Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Statesville High in addition to Union County Public Schools. Its international reach extends to Medellin, Colombia in which a team of volunteers worked with pre-school children and their families. For more information on Faces of Diversity, visitwww.EdwinGil.com.

 

About Nations Ford Elementary School: Nations Ford Elementary School offers a positive and nurturing environment that provides meaningful opportunities for overcoming adversity and developing students’ strengths that produces leadership,responsibility, and academic success.

 

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.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (OCTOBER 7, 2013) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Harding University High School will become its latest participant. As part of the CMS’ Making It Better character development initiative, Faces of Diversity uses experiential art activities to encourage respectful dialogue and understanding among students, staff, and the community. Gil collected more than 1,000 Harding University High student thumbprints during the week of September 9 and is currently creating a giant 8’ X 8’ face, which will be unveiled on October 8, 2013 at Harding University High School, 2001 Alleghany St, at 9:30AM.

 

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a worthwhile and prosperous program,” says Greg Crumpton, President/Founder of AirTight and Faces of Diversity Corporate Sponsor. “Faces of Diversity has made an impact on many and are deeply touched by the efforts of everyone involved. We continue to be amazed by the heartfelt art that Edwin Gil puts forth in order to recognize these fine students.  Whether at home or abroad, the Crumpton’s and AirTight Mechanical are proud to support this high quality initiative.”

 

“Faces of Diversity provides learning opportunities for students’ to experience artists in action, working for a cause,” says Dr. Deb Kaclik, Director of Arts, Health, Physical Education, and PreK-12 Curriculum Support Programs, CMS. “The CMS Making It Better Initiative partnered with Faces of Diversity on this community project that will tell the story of 10 students within the district that stood for a cause.  The entire student body gets involved, hearing Edwin Gil’s own story, while becoming an integral part of the art piece with their thumbprint. For students this signifies unity, understanding, empathy, and a commitment to Making It Better in their schools and communities.”

 

Tatyana Matthews was selected as Harding University High School’s Face of Diversity due to her campus engagement, involvement, leadership, scholarship, and commitment to the ideals that align with anti-bullying and community building. Her personality and positivity attracted those from all circles, as she was able to make friends in the diverse community of students.

 

Most recently, Faces of Diversity has worked with Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Statesville High in addition to Union County Public Schools. Its international reach extends to Medellin, Colombia in which a team of volunteers worked with pre-school children and their families. For more information on Faces of Diversity, visit www.EdwinGil.com.

 

About Harding University High School: Harding University High School offers a challenging program of academic study designed to prepare all students for success beyond high school.  The curriculum incorporates real-world experiences within a college preparatory teaching/learning environment that nurtures the development of students as active citizens, leaders, scholars, and researchers.

 

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.