Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Artists: Lauren, Blaine, Macye

Title: Reflections of Diversity

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Theme: Expressions of Freedom and Equality

Materials and techniques: Chalk pastels, acrylic paint, clear acrylic spray paint, poster paper, and fabric.

About: The focus point of our project is a quote by Malcolm X. “A man who stands for nothing, will fall for anything!” We believe this is a powerful quote for the dream rocket project because it’s telling you to believe is something, be your own person, and don’t fall for just anything. It’s okay to have your own opinion, but we need to accept that not everyone thinks the same. If you disagree with someone it does not mean that they are wrong, it means they stand for something and come from a place of different experiences. This applies to freedom because as Americans we can think and say what we what to.

Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Artists: Chelsea, Taryn, Kayla, Ashlyn

Title: Makes No Difference

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Theme: Expressions of Freedom and Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint, canvas, chalk pastels, clear acrylic spray paint, and poster paper.

About: Equality is simply tolerance. Tolerance for people’s differences is important. To tolerate people is to allow them their own lifestyle and treat them with respect. For instance, if you’re anything other than heterosexual you are not tolerated by everyone, even though the person for whom you love is not everyone else’s business. People are treated differently because of their sexual orientation. We must learn to accept that love is love and knows no gender.

Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Artists: Clay, Tatum, Dakota, Ashley

Title: American Equality

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Theme: Expressions of Freedom and Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint.

About: Our group focused on race inequality. In the background, we show an American flag. In front of the American flag, we show one hand reaching out to another to pull them up. We painted this because all races aren’t always treated completely equal. They do have the same rights, but some people still don’t treat all other races the same. Equality is important in the United States.

Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Artists: Shylin, Chris, Dakota

Title: The Dreamer

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Theme: Expressions of Freedom and Equality

Materials and techniques: Canvas, oil pastels, and chalk pastels.

About: Our character is currently dreaming about all of the qualities of human life in the world. Among these things are religion, gender, and ethnicity. We are trying to establish that no matter the race, gender, or religion, all people are equal. The quote by Emma Goldman refers to this. We dream of equality for all with no fear of discrimination and hope to see our dreams come true.

Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Artists: Madi, Kristina, Gage, Larissa

Title: I am Human

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Theme: Expressions of Freedom and Equality

Materials and techniques: Acrylic paint, fabric, and poster board.

About: Martin Luther King once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.” Our focus for the Dream Rocket project is how all of us as humans should be equal. Throughout the years there have been many different laws and rights on what people are allowed to do. Now, it has become more social issues. Statistically, men are paid more than women.

Women stereotypically are meant to be in the kitchen and men are supposed to be working outside. Why can’t women be just as good at outside work as men? Over time, whites have had more privileges than black. Recently, in news articles it’s shown that blacks are more prone to be wrongly accused than whites, especially in bigger cities. Older people are more likely to be trusted and wiser, while younger kids are “immature” or “just a kid”. Why can’t kids be just as smart or just as trustworthy?

Religious opinions are a reason that some are discriminated against. If you are a certain religion, people look down upon you or judge you. Why can’t all religions be accepted? Believe in what you want, don’t judge others based on their beliefs. We are all created equal, no matter skin type, religion, gender, or age.

Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Artists: Aryssa, William, Chelsea

Title: All Human

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Theme: Expressions of Freedom and Equality

Materials and techniques: Canvas and acrylic paint.

About: Even though we are all different, we should not discriminate against each other, especially due to a person’s appearance. Like Martin Luther King says, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the contents of their character.” To me this means that no one should be treated differently based on his or her appearance and this doesn’t even have to pertain to the color of your skin. It’s stereotypes that we fall into. Everyone judges and places one another into categories, a lot of the time without meaning to. We see how someone else looks and assume without any thought or background into that person’s life. We are all human and need to accept and respect each other because we are different but have so much the same.