ARKANSAS – An Arkansas high school project has succeeded to connect its students with the Muslim community, assigning them to interview Muslims and tell their stories through art, Arkansas
“It’s really great to be able to understand a person from a different culture because you might see stuff on the news and read about stuff, but there’s like, a person right there,” said Peter Herman, a Fayetteville High School junior.
Herman is a student in Ashley Grisso’s advanced placement world history classes who worked on the project in groups of two or three.
This is the third year Grisso has done the project as part of the ARTeacher Fellowship program. The program is organized by the university’s Center for Children and Youth in collaboration with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Walton Arts Center.
“It’s a very challenging thing for a 16-year-old to look at a piece of pottery and tell you the historical context and all that stuff,” Grisso said.