Deerfield-Windsor School is in receipt of an iconic art installation from the Besharat Arts Museum Gallery located in Atlanta, Georgia and Barbizon, France. This first exhibit is part of a 10 year art project known as "Art in Schools - Faces of Innocence." DWS has been gifted the awe inspiring photography prints from renowned National Geographic photographer, Steve McCurry, from the well-known Atlanta gallery as part of an effort to bring thought provoking art into daily contact with students. Known for his haunting and inspirational images of cultures and countries throughout the world, DWS students will now have the opportunity to come face-to-face with his art to absorb a simple, yet profound message, "Regardless of the differences in race, color, religion or language,all humans have the same needs," gallery owner, Massoud Besharat states. Phase one of the art installation, Faces of Innocence, has a focus on school age children from all over the world and encourages its viewers to learn to empathize with others who may look different from themselves. The ultimate message is "don't do unto others what you don't want done to you." The art inspires a feeling that one is neither superior to, nor inferior from anyone and that we are all equal. Lauren Ray, Director of Advancement says, "We are so grateful to Mr. Besharat and DWS alum, Joe Scherberger, for bringing this incredible gift of art to our campuses. This exhibit has the power to change thoughts,behaviors and attitudes and will give us all a deep appreciation for our brothers and sisters in different countries. It should create some interesting conversation for our student body."
This project is designed for elementary, middle and high school students across the country to introduce concepts the of empathy, conservation and self expression at a younger age when individuals are perceived to accept new ideas and ways of thinking. Phase two, Landscapes, is created to instill an appreciation for the environment and conservation efforts. Phase three, a history of art in painting, is created to reflect the major artworks of high culture and demonstrates how art is a human activity for both aesthetics and communicative purposes. These three concepts are all part of the ten year of the exhibit.