A Passion for Art and Change

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

The sun set, while a blend of indigos, rich plums, and the deepest blacks carpeted the sky; headlights lit up the parking lot as crowds entered what is normally a Jewish temple, but for the night was the Belmont High School Art Show. Stomach churning, knees wobbling, I awaited the highly anticipated guests. A band played soft rock melodies and my peers—artists—roamed the exhibition room wearing stickers that said "ask me about my art." The sound of footsteps became more pronounced and in a sudden sweep couples, teachers and families arrived; the anxious tension seething through the room settled.

Overwhelmed with joy, I escorted our guests through the gallery, explaining the meaning behind our show. "No," I said, "we actually didn't get any help from the school with this. It's completely student-run." "Why would you go through the trouble of putting on an exhibition in a week?" They inquired. My response? "Well the answer is actually simple. We need to prove who we are and why we make art."

"We," Belmont High's AP Art class are a community. Our home is the art room: a place plastered with drawings, with ceilings covered in inside jokes, and innumerable amounts of three by four foot paintings. Yet in March of 2015 this space,...

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