You can learn more about the fantastic work students created with artists Pamella Allen and Samantha LoCoco in a few places:
BEA Photo Album
BEA Installation Video
Pamella Allen Photography Video
The work included a collaborative poem:
We are STRONG ENOUGH TO CARRY THE EARTH.
Our voices are important.
This country needs equality
and to love one another.
Our community needs to change for the good.
Life isn’t easy for everyone.
Nadie vive para siempre.
Life can cause pain and death. And peace.
No matter what color we are, we are still a person.
No matter our race or sex, we are all the same.
Everyone should be equal.
FEAR is the lock,
CONFIDENCE is the key,
DIFFERENCE is the journey.
Here is what we know:
Real moments shouldn’t be filtered
but behind that smile is NOT always happiness.
The world is tough
this world will make us new again.
If you do good stuff, your future goes on forever.
So, make the best out of life.
Believe what you want to believe.
Forgive, and never forget.
And here is what we want:
- Change the state of education. Now.
- Make college free, even if it’s private.
- Minimum wage should go up. Way up.
- Homeless people should be in shelters.
- Support black-owned businesses.
- Pass stricter gun laws.
- End police brutality.
- Accept gay people or leave.
- Stop racism and sexism and don’t judge people by what they do.
What aggravates us, what really aggravates us,
is when people don’t listen
or understand our point.
Our point is this:
We are loved.
Wǒmen bèi ài.
We are trustworthy. We are loyal.
We are awesome.
Nous sommes tous différents.
We will try our best.
We will always be honest with friends.
And, most importantly,
we love like we’ve never been hurt
because, in the end,
we think it’s all worth it.
Here is what we wish:
We wish for a happy life, cleaner streets,
for our families to have a good future,
and for people of color to rule the country.
We wish for joyous freedom and equality.
We wish for more beautiful life moments,
and for the world to be a better place.
Our wishes sound like an ocean,
screaming of love,
y queremos que se escuche.
Let it be heard.