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NOV 2018

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66 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 What kinds of things do you like to paint? "Rainbows. I like to paint a square. And a circle." What was your Martin Luther King Jr. poem about? "There was a white sign at a park. And a white school. And there was a sign that said 'Whites Only' and all of the city was made for white people." How'd that make you feel? "Sad." Mom: It wasn't about a sign. It was about how Martin Luther King Jr. was a star and how, even though he's dead, he still shines. She made it up by herself. She's really nervous. What's something you want to learn more about? "Um, how to pay attention and listen." Do you have any tips for us? "You should follow directions." What's your favorite TV show? "Shimmer and Shine. It's about genies." What would you wish for? "Unicorns." Atonia Parks Age 6, first grade, King Elementary Last year, Atonia was the only kindergartner in JCPS to win the Martin Luther King Jr. poetry contest, for a poem she titled "Stars." She's in the Gifted and Talented Program for her art skills. She thinks listening is very important. Were there different classes you took while you were at GSA? "It was studio art. Painting, ceramics, printmaking. Being there changed the way I think about making art. I used to think it was all about technical skill. There, I saw so much creativity and so much meaning in everyone's pieces. It's more about concept to me now. And having something to say through my art." What are you saying through your art these days? "The most recent ones I've done have been about racism and sexism. I do a lot of costume designing at my school. We recently did a play, completely made up by my school, to take to Scotland. It was called Mercy Me, because I go to Mercy. It was all about Mercy's critical concerns — like racism, women. That inspired me to do more meaningful art." There was a piece you made about how racism is in our DNA. Can you tell us more about that? "Yes, that was inspired by Mercy Me. I actually had to be in a scene in that play — crazy, 'cause I've never been in a play — and I performed in Scotland! A nice start to my acting career! The scene was three girls — we're all, you know, white — and we were demonstrating how hard racism is to talk about, because we don't have experiences with racism. We just see it from an outside perspec- tive. It shows how unfair racism is. (In my DNA piece) there are thorns going around this woman's head. The thorns, some of them have the Greek male symbol, like the circle and the arrow. It shows how the patriarchy is damaging women. Her face — she's very pretty. It shows how we're just supposed to accept it. You know: Sitting pretty." Bethany Michels Age 17, 12th grade, Mercy Academy Bethany likes to address deep themes and societal issues through her art- work. She's in the National Art Honor Society and has attended the Governor's School for the Arts. Bethany has traveled with her theater department — where she does a lot of costume and set design — to Scotland to participate in the Fringe Festival.

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