This week at Mount Pleasant library we had our young artists write poems to help them pinpoint important things about their identities. These poems were in “mad-libs” style with fill-in-the-blanks. The poems helped the young artists identify things that they enjoy in their everyday lives such as their siblings playing video games or when their friends compliment them. Afterwards we wrote on “I Am” statements on the whiteboard. These statements included the young artist's physical characteristics, their likes, dislikes, community, family, and other things that make up their identity. We then challenged the young artists to capture their identities in the photos we took that day. The young artists captured photos of shops they like in the community, flowers that are their favorite colors, or places they go with their families. It was very a rewarding and eye-opening experience to see how the young artists identify themselves and what truly matters to them.
Payton Morse, Providence College Class of 2020, Global Studies Major