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The Arts Impact GRIT Award

We are pleased to announce the winner of the first annual Arts Impact GRIT award to:

McKayla Harlan
Decatur High School
Federal Way Public Schools
Entry: Hopelessness
Medium: Digital
Art Instructor: Kristina Smethers

A digital artwork of a woman, neck deep in dark water by McKayla Harlan

The image shows a woman, neck deep in dark water. There are semi translucent hands coming out of the water, gently pulling/pushing the woman down. There’s a bright light behind her, symbolizing hope, yet this woman has her eyes closed and is turned away. Therefore she is accepting defeat is not intending to keep going.

Artist's statement:
"This piece is supposed to convey the feeling of hopelessness. It shows how it feels to give up on yourself even when there’s still hope that you can confide in."

Arts Impact operates six professional development models, enabling preschool through middle school teachers to incorporate the arts into their students’ basic education through an intense two-year program that emphasizes hands-on learning through one-on-one artist/teacher mentorships. Each model has a specific focus, common goals and key features address the critical needs of teachers, students, and schools.

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