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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.