Harmony portrays some of Harmon High school students of Kansas City, Ks
cultural dress and dances, the cultures that are inside of American blue
jeans each day at school. A
harvest table with foods from all cultures, portrays the hope that all might
have food and water. The students from this inner city High school,
working with artist Wayne Wildcat, planned this painting.
The students designed this painting, because
everyone needs ceremonies, as one native American student said as we
brainstormed. The painting
expresses their desire that all can get along in harmony, without the fear
and violence that too many of them experience in their everyday lives today.
They chose to paint their positive Dream for Harmony rather than
pictures of their real world. The
artist's idea to portray students in their Native dress as well as in their
American blue jeans, led them to have performances and clubs of their ethnic
culture. These dancers &
singers performed for the unveiling of the painting.
We invited the community to the unveiling, to share the creativity & cultures of the students featured in the
America, Hispanic, Blacks & Whites, Hmong, Laotian/Thai, & American.
The students included a rainbow of heroes at the
top of the painting, people who they feel are spending their lives trying to
make the world a better place. They
ask all to view their painting to DREAM for HARMONY. These students believed they could ask the heroes
to visit their school. If
they imagine it, and paint it, they will make it reality.
This is still a goal of the artist to invite the living heroes to see this painting,
to witness the power & sense of empowerment of this creative process.
The heroes are Colin
Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Gandhi, Bill Cosby & his son, Jimmy & Rosalyn
Carter, Ana Riojas (local heroine), Martin Luther King.