Looking Back to See Our Way Forward is a series of portraits made by the Arts and Humanities class of 2012 to commemorate Berkeley High Alumni from the past 100 years who’ve made a significant impact on our community. Students selected twelve alumni who were inspirational to them in the areas of writing, activism, athletics and the arts. The portraits were first drawn in ink and then made into digital files and printed on vinyl to be installed to utility boxes around the perimeter of Berkeley High School. Set in the public realm for passers-by to view and appreciate, these images spark appreciation for our fore bearers and give an opportunity for us to reflect on individuals in our community who’ve set a precedent of innovation, imagination and social transformation over the years, helping to shape what Berkeley is today.
Tomer, Zoe and Haley won first, second and third place for the Barbara Lee Congressional Art Contest. Tomers art piece will hang in Washington DC for a year in the the corridor of where congress votes. He and his family were flown to DC for the opening this past summer.
In the AHA senior internship class, seniors go out into the arts community once a week and intern for three hours. The other 4 days of the week they are in a one hour class where they learn different skills in the arts and how to navigate life as an artist or just basic work skills needed for life after high school. Here are a few samples of student exploration with film. All seniors made 3 minute films. Last week we hosted our first AHA film festival and showed 10 student films with popcorn, pizza and chips. Fun was had by all. Thanks Mr. Cagan and Ms. B.
On April 1st the Oakland Standard presented a communal meal and conversation centered around Egypt’s revolution, and the recent uprisings throughout the Middle East. Over roasted goat and fava bean ‘ful’ (Egypt’s national dish, pronounced “fool”), a discussion exploring the emotional impact and political relevance of the spirit of liberation that has ignited imaginations around the world. April Ful’s Night included music and spoken word, a video program in the Oakland Museum of California galleries, a live link to Cairo and handmade banners and signs screenprinted by AHA students. Amanda, Sarah, OHannah, Marcelo and Zoe set up a screenprinting booth and taught hundreds of people how to pull a print. Thanks Amanda Eicher for inviting AHA to Participate.