Art is powerful. It can change hearts, minds, and ultimately, our society and culture. For No Name-Calling Week 2018 we encouraged students and educators across the country to create artwork using the theme of #KindessInAction in K-12 schools, because we believe that artwork has the power to change school climates for the better.
We encouraged students and educators to showcase their art in Creative Expressions exhibits in their own schools, but they also submited their artwork for the chance to be featured by GLSEN online. Some entries were also awarded with copies of LGBTQ and most-popular books from Simon & Schuster, copies of Skipping Stones Magazine, and the opportunity for publication in the magazine. Submissions closed January 31st.
We also amplifyed spoken-word pieces by queer and trans students and educators of color in our #KindnessInAction Open Mic, broadcast on Facebook Live during No Name-Calling Week. You can view a recording of the event here.