|The Wants of our Age through Art|
The following pieces artwork are created by our Holy Child students across the Holy Child Network of Schools in response to the Inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman. She is our nations’ first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate at the age of 19. She published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015. In 2021, she delivered her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden. This amazing young woman is worth our admiration and reflection on her words and actions as we work to articulate and meet the wants of our age.
|Holy Child Academy, Drexel Hill, PA|
| ||Stevie C., Grade 8|
|Zoe T., Grade 7|
|Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, NJ|
|Castano, grade 6|
|Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus, Pasadena, CA|
|Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus, Pasadena, CA|
|Chosen poem prompt: For there is always light / If only we are brave enough to see it / If only we are brave enough to be it|
Statement: My photograph is a collage of four photographs I’ve previously taken. The yellow hydrangeas (replicating the iconic color of Gorman’s inaugural outfit) symbolizes the “American Dream,” but the window placed among the flowers speaks to the inaccessibility yet seeming tangibility of that dream to Americans from marginalized or minority communities. The placement of Savannah (the little girl, also wearing yellow) outside of the window and among the hydrangeas, then, represents the hope that Gorman – and, by extension, the Biden administration – provides to little black girls and to any underrepresented individual. Gorman’s presence (her light) empowers Savannah to manifest her own light. The “American Dream” is ours for the making. Also collaged into the image is a photograph of a yellow (yes, again) flower that contains a bee, an insect that exemplifies community, growth, and dedication – all of which are necessary in order to be brave enough to be a light.
|Holy Child School at Rosemont, Rosemont, PA|
|Abboud, D., 5th grade|
|Connelly School of the Holy Child, Potomac, MD|
|Connelly Middle School at Cornelia Connelly Center, NYC, NY|