When I say I work at the Governor’s School, I’m not sure most people really understand what it’s like. In fact, we spend most of the summer helping the students understand that when they return home, people will not get that they wanted to go to school during the summer, or how Gov. School is really unlike any school anyone else ever dreamed of. But it exists and I’ve seen the magic it makes: namely in the way the students can finally express themselves in a microcosm of positive support. Whether they are coming out, choosing politics, seeing opera for the first time or discovering hall bathrooms, they students change in ways I can only be grateful for. After all, the program changed me when I was a student too.
Tonight, I’m posting a few pictures of the art showcase. The visual artists make up about 1/4 of the students here (although the other divisions of theatre, vocal and instrumental music, and humanities are less tangibly able to be photographed) and this is the culmination of their work during the summer. Some of them will follow other passions or perhaps never pick up a paintbrush again. Still others will be historic in their creative endeavors. And still others will continue their lives as a hobby artist (the same way it is for me and theater).
I’m proud to showcase this work here–enjoy.