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Cultivating a Compassionate Classroom

Compassion in Action Scholarships for students - APPLY TODAY!

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is thrilled to announce our Compassion in Action Scholarship Program! Inspired by our current mega-exhibition, “HEALING & THE ART OF COMPASSION (And the lack thereof!),” and with the intent to inspire students to actively practice compassion as they move through the world, AVAM will award fifty (50) $500 scholarships to Baltimore area K-12 students who have incorporated extraordinary compassionate actions into their daily lives.

 

AVAM’s Compassion in Action Scholarship application is open to all K-12 students in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. Students may also be nominated by a teacher or other community member. 

 

All submissions must be sent in by March 1st 2022 and winners will be announced later in March.

Dear Teachers, We ask you to please think of those teachers who impacted your life in inspirational and positive ways, and those who did just the opposite. In that reflection, you gain a clear understanding of how much good and healing can be generated by the experience in the classroom - or hurt. Humanitarian Albert Schweitzer said, “at times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

 

Inspired by our original art and science exhibition, “HEALING & THE ART OF COMPASSION (And the lack thereof!),” we are delighted to share some wonderful resources and lesson plans centered on the themes of compassion and healing, with free offerings appropriate for K-12. We hope these teaching and learning activities will assist you and your students in creating your own more thoughtful, kind, civil, safe and compassionate classroom. By being kind to ourselves and to others, practicing empathy and forgiveness, respecting, valuing, and helping others, we build lives of joy and trust together.

 

 

Visionary Activities for the Classroom 
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Pre-K

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Grades K-5

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Grades 6-8

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Grades 9-12

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VideOS WE LOVE on compassion
 

An Artist Practicing Kindness

Artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles acted IN A KINDRED SENSE TO DR. KING. UKELES elevated the concept of recognition and “thank you” in our society to an art. She took more than two years to shake the hands of Manhattan’s more than 8,000+ garbage collectors in her personal acknowledgement of their daily devotions which make happy life possible for everybody in New York City. Mierle put it beautifully, “I have created work out of a yearning to expand the social contract until everyone, simply everyone, is in the picture. We are still in the beginning of this world revolution of  learning to see everyone as B’Tzelem Elohim, an image of the Divine; which means, as well, to see the whole world as our holy home.

- Excerpt from Rebecca Hoffberger's essay "The Art of the Thank You"

Mega gratitude to our extraordinary educators for their COMPASSION lesson planning and collaboration: Mama Rashida Forman-Bey, Dara Feldman and the Virtues Project, Annie Bobbitt and Emily Conner, as well as AVAM’s own visionary educators, Beka Plum and Mavet Rosas.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

—aesop