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Michelle Angela Ortiz's "The Courage Within Me"

The Courage Within Me, 2019, Acrylic paintings reproduced on plastic panels

The Courage Within Me is a multi-panel, moveable, collaborative work of art that answers the following questions: How do you define courage?; What gives you courage?; Why is having courage important in this world?; Who is the most courageous person that you know? In collaboration with the Kennedy Center Education program and students from four classrooms spanning D.C., artist Michelle Angela Ortiz worked with youth in creating a design that demonstrates how they define courage. Over 60 panels were created based on the visual designs of each student guided by Ortiz and the Kennedy Center’s team of teaching artists. This multi-panel work of art that moves to reveal the writings and paintings of the students.

In collaboration with:

Anacostia High School students with teaching artist, Cheryl Foster, and teacher, Jeria Carter

Columbia Heights Educational Campus students with teaching artist, Shaunte Gates and teacher, Mandy McCullough

Dunbar High School students with teaching artist, Sera Boeno, and teacher, Zachary Jackson

Eastern High School students with teaching artist, Preston Sampson, and teacher, Zalika Perkins