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Sustaining the Legacy of Community Art

In issuing a request for proposals to schools for artistic responses from students, the Confluence Project’s goal was to connect each project site with its respective community, to link all six sites in a way that illuminated their interrelationships, and to use the arts as a catalyst to preserve and sustain natural and cultural resources. Charged with the same assignment as Maya Lin’s, each school endeavored to create a legacy artwork that inspired future preservation of natural and cultural resources and connected the larger school and civic communities.

Participants referenced projects as springboards to the future and schools outlined plans to add to their projects year after year. One school plans to add native plants and an outdoor classroom to their initial project of a path around a pond. In another school, all incoming sixth graders will make a tile to add to the tiles created in the original project. Eighth graders take their tiles with them as a remembrance of the project upon graduation. Teachers appreciated that the theme was much more than “just Lewis and Clark”; many of them had not previously integrated the tribal perspective and the Columbia River into history lessons. Teachers felt Confluence Project in the Schools had helped their students become stewards of their environment–“they have a responsibility as citizens to take care of things for future generations.”

Since most projects were created on school grounds, school and district maintenance departments were often identified as the physical caretakers for the artwork. In some schools, student council members or student classrooms became physical caretakers of the art and also ambassadors for its meaning to the school and community.

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