I was honored to be featured on this great blog. Check out the post HERE
The It Gets Better Project, Atlantic Records, and multiple Grammy-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson are joining forces to support LGBTQ+ youth with the release of Clarkson's with studio album, "Meaning of Life."
Beginning Thursday, November 14th through Tuesday, December 5th, fans of Clarkson and supporters of the It Gets Better Project are invited to create artwork showcasing their “meaning of life.”
The winning submission will be chosen by Clarkson herself and will appear as a digital postcard available to send from the It Gets Better Project website. A limited print run of the postcard will be available in packs of 10 along with a personal signed note from Clarkson to the first 250 people to donate $50 or more to It Gets Better Project.
Open to submissions from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Please see the rules below for complete information.
While the “meaning of life” may represent many different things to many people, in sticking with the It Gets Better Project’s goal to deliver positive messaging to LGBTQ+ youth, submissions should aim to inspire and spread a message of hope and positivity, a message that resonated with the singer.
This year I am fortunate to be piloting a wonderful new resource Scholastic Art Magazine.
It offers a wealth of knowledge and a great year of wonderful art and articles for my students.
We are currently reading an article from the September issue (yeah, I'm a little behind) titled " Sculpture Showdown" discussing the controversy of the sculpture " Fearless Girl" in front of Artist Arturo Di Modica's "Charging Bull". The article gives students an overview of the topic and then prompts the students to craft an argument.
The magazine offers well rounded, thoughtful articles, artwork and includes a hands on lesson as well.
I am thrilled to use this resource this year to enhance my curriculum. I'd love for you to check it out and share your thoughts as well.
The Marble Collection’s mission is to cultivate creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that affirms their voices and deepens their learning.
The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts is the only statewide, juried print and online publication that features artwork, photography, poetry, and creative writing by teens in grades 8-12.
Teen Submissions are accepted YEAR Round and can be uploaded HERE
2017-2018 BHS Reading Challenge
The BHS English Department invites you to participate in the first ever BHS Reading Challenge. For our inaugural year, the theme is DIVERSE READS. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and other community members are encouraged to read a book a month, and to share their thoughts about what they are reading.
To register, please complete this form. Participants will receive monthly reminder emails, opportunities to share their thoughts about the books they are reading, and chances to win prizes.
A Book Written by a Person of Color
A Book with a Non-Western Setting
A Book That Addresses Issues of Gender
A Nonfiction Book Exploring a Contemporary Political or Social Issue
Any Book Written by a Female Author
A Poetry Collection Written by a Contemporary Author
An Immigration Story
A Book with a Character or Story That Reflects Your Own Identity
This month Cambridge Street Gallery is featuring artwork created in Mr. Mistler's Fashion class. Read more about the project below.
This blog post first appeared on Mr. Mistler's Blog
Local author Johanna Hartford stopped by the fashion design class at Burlington High School this year to talk about her new young adult fantasy novel, "The Ivory Rite," which tells the tale of Queen Diem.
"QUEEN DIEM HAS A DEADLY SECRET—ONE THAT SHE NEVER ASKED FOR, AND ONE THAT COULD COST HER EVERYTHING. AS SHE STRUGGLES TO DECIDE WHO IS WORTHY OF HER TRUST, AN OMINOUS PROPHECY AND THE RESURRECTION OF A GHOST FROM HER PAST WILL CAUSE HER TO QUESTION EVERYTHING SHE THOUGHT SHE KNEW."
Johanna and I thought working with the fashion class would make for a great collaboration. We tasked the fashion class with creating the iconic fashions from the novel. Johanna gave the students detailed descriptions taken from the text and students interpreted the excerpts to create these designs. This was the students' final project and was heavily weighted on their final grade. Ms. Hartford was thrilled when presented these designs by the class! Students took time to describe their designs and discuss how they made their artistic decisions. Johanna will be using some of the images below on social media to give readers a sense of the imagery from the book.
I have known Johanna for about 20 years and have seen her grow as an author. She has been featured in sites like Cosmopolitan, Mogul, and Huffington Post for her riveting commentaries. The Ivory Rite is her debut novel.
The Ivory Rite is now out! You can order it here on Amazon.
AND..... Our very own fantastic educator Keith March Mistler designed the cover of the Ivory Rite!
Congratulations to Amanda McCombs who is selected by the BHS art teachers as the school's Art Student of the Month for October.
We've been impressed with her work ethic in and outside of the classroom and this is what the art teachers wrote about her:
"When she was a freshmen in our art foundation class, Design, Amanda McCombs stood out as a student artist, and she still does. Amanda is bright, articulate, and creative. Her work is detailed and refined. She was enrolled in photography for two years, and last year one of her photos was chosen by the Griffin Museum in Winchester as a promotional banner and postcards that were sent out to advertise an annual exhibition of student work. Currently a student in Graphic Design. Amanda is remains a fascinating person who can discuss any topic, and she's an active, engaged student who thinks creatively and can go beyond a single idea or solution. She's a fantastically talented young artist whose work deserves to be recognized."
This year's Parent University will be taking place on Sat. 10/21 at Burlington High School, with our keynote address by Jon Mattleman starting at 8:30am. Based on last year's feedback, this year's event has been expanded to offer additional workshops and more variety in regards to what age group (K-5, High School, etc.) each workshop is targeting.
The website for this year's event has been updated with workshop information, parent registration, and schedule, and can be found here:
Additionally, in an effort to help support this event, we will be offering PDPs for staff who attend this event as audience members during the different workshops (please be sure to sign in as a staff member at each workshop that you attend).
Please take a moment to check out the different workshops that are being presented, and feel free to share the website with any one who is interested. We hope that you will consider supporting your colleagues who are presenting and take advantage of this great opportunity to find out more about some of the issues facing our students, parents, and community.
The Parent University Team
Boston National Portfolio Day
Sunday , Oct 22: Boston, Massachusetts, Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston MA 02115
Hosted by: Lesley University College of Art and Design
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Indian Americans for Burlington (IAB), a community organization that works to meet the unique needs of the growing Indian population in Burlington, will be hosting its first Diwali Celebration on the Burlington Town Common on Sunday, October 15th from 3 to 6 pm.
The celebration will consist of dance performances, yoga lessons, a fashion show, and competitions and games for all attendees to participate in. Rangoli (art with colored powders) will be done in the gazebo, and a street play on the story of Diwali will embellish the performance segment.
Later, town and elected officials will be welcomed. This includes the Burlington Board of Selectmen and State Senator Cindy Friedman.
Afterwards, a tree will be lit in observance of Diwali, and a Garba dance for all attendess will end this marvelous festival.
Food and traditional holiday sweet will be provided by Chettinad Indian Grill.
For more information, please visit iabma.org
A time table of this Diwali celebration can be found on
Hope to see you there,
Youth Services Liaison, Indian Americans for Burlington
Christina Chang teaches art and design at Burlington High School.