Saturday, June 05, 2010

Making a Difference, Decision Portrait

(Above: Making a Difference, Decision Portrait. Stitched words: I helped found a public charter school. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. 25" x 19", unframed; 31" x 25", framed. Hand embroidery and beading. Click on image to enlarge.)

South Carolina ranks in the bottom of just about every education poll ever published. We're at the tail end for literacy, percentage of students fulfilling graduation requirements, and in almost every subject tested. It's pathetic. Lots of people complain...and complain....and complain. Many families send their kids to private schools. Others move for "better" school districts. Very few people are willing to take positive action.

(Above: Making a Difference, detail. Click on image to enlarge.)

Jeannie Eidson didn't complain. She helped found a public charter school where a diverse student population learns in an atmosphere of kindness, respect, and active participation of everyone involved. Its called the Carolina School for Inquiry. It was my privilege to stitch her portrait and my hope that others will consider how they might MAKE A DIFFERENCE too!

1 comment:

Lynn said...

What a great decision, one that will help mold so many lives in positive ways!

Can you belive that I was trying to READ the letter beads going around the outside border? Took a minute before I realized what they were "spelling"...silly me.
Cute touch!

Again, I love this series!!!