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Illusion to Inclusion

by: Sushma Yadav, Lucknow, India

I dream of a world where all people treat each other with respect and dignity regardless of their differences.

quote by: Susan Miller, Carmel, Indiana

Artist Statement

We say that we want diversity and to bring people of different cultures together, but how far have we managed to reach this goal? My art shows how sometimes our behavior is inconsistent with our words. The side mirror of the car is symbolic of a canvas that is capable of showing a mirage that is very different from the reality, just like our words. At the same time, it is also capable of showing us the bigger picture that we fail to understand. Diversity can lead to discomfort, but we can only garner the benefits if we push ourselves out of our comfort zone. Instead of always looking for our commonalities and similarities, we should also talk about how we are unique from one another and embrace our differences. If we always surround ourselves with people similar to us, we’ll never learn or experience anything new. I hope we can continue moving forward from an illusion to actual inclusion.

Lesson Plan Connection

Grade Levels: 6-8
Standards: LAFS.68.RH.1.2, RH.2.6, RH.3.7, RH.3.8, RI.2.4, RI.2.6, RI.3.7, RL.1.2,RL.2.4  

SEL Tenets: Identity & Agency, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills, Public Spirit
Essential Question - Why is inclusion of cultures important?
Lesson Plan  PowerPoint