From September 2010 to March 2011, Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School’s creative-writing students worked as Community Listeners to create our first Hope Gallery, an interactive showcase of their neighborhood’s hopes.
For five months, 23 students carried around a Hope Journal and invited friends, family, neighbors and strangers to respond to our “Hope Question.” Those responses became the basis for classroom discussion and creative-writing projects led by both their teachers and Hope Chronicles founder Sam Lundquist.
To conclude the project, we installed a Hope Gallery in a hallway at the school for an entire weekend. More than 250 visitors joined us for the Gallery, which featured all of the students’ journals and personal stories along with handpicked hopes for visitors to take home. It was the first time that the community were literally immersed in the soul of their neighborhood.
In addition, we created a Hope Graffiti wall where visitors could add their own hopes with markers to create a giant neighborhood collage. Many guests spent a lot of time reading and re-reading everything that was written on our graffiti wall.
Once the project was complete, all of the hopes and stories were showcased on our website through videos, photos, and blog entires. Plus, the stories got to keep their Hope Journals to remember their experience.
For more stories and photos from our Hope Gallery, check out our project recap!
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