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Judy Gelles and the Fourth Grade Project

Open Lens Gallery
The Gershman Y
September 18 through December 19
Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 2 PM
Curated by Dr. J. Susan Isaacs, a visiting curator from Towson University, Maryland

Art in Discussion: Fourth Grade Project
November 12, 6 PM
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“The intent of the Fourth Grade Project is to lessen prejudice, oppression, and violence by sharing stories that prompt people to change their views of the ‘other’ and of themselves.”

Over the past five years, Judy Gelles has interviewed and photographed over 200 fourth grade students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds in China, England, India, Korea, and multiple areas of the United States. She asked all of the students the same three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?

Told in their own words, their stories touch on some of our most pressing social issues and common human experiences. The Fourth Grade Project connects children locally and globally, building bridges and tearing down walls. This exhibition is presented courtesy of the artist and Pentimenti Gallery.