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Digital Exhibit Inspires
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Bolles fine arts instructor Christopher Hicks planned and hosted a digital exhibition of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPoC) artists this month that has garnered praise and interest from students and colleagues. The gallery setting was Schoology, Bolles’ learning management platform.

He showcased works from artists like Betye Saar, Nick Cave and Kehinde Wiley, as well as “The Florida Highway Men” and Augusta Savage.

“As an art teacher, it is my job to make art and artists more accessible and Schoology was the perfect platform to reach the community,” Hicks said.

In addition to positive responses from the Bolles community, Hicks also has received suggestions of favorite BIPoC artists. In his art classroom, students have been tasked with responding to the works of Kehinde Wiley through their own artistic interpretation. Their designs have received much acclaim. Other clubs, teachers and organizations within the School community have taken note of the exhibition and used it as an inspiration for their own classroom discussions, Hicks said.

Hicks plans to expand the digital form to align with other monthly celebrations including Pride Month and Women’s History Month.