Students from multiple departments at Yosemite High School gear up for a night of compelling arts as they call attention to violence in society, social psychology and history.
Through the unity of art, criminal justice, choir, theater and history, on Tuesday, March 27, students will share works exploring how they, citizens, and history have been altered by violence.
The shows title, “Re-sensitized,” calls attention to the barge of violent images society is exposed to and how it effects or no longer effects it’s citizens.
According to art teacher Evan Higgins before a child turns 18 they will have witnessed 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence on television.
“I worry it normalizes violence and I think it’s important to take a step back and see what we are consuming - this showcase is an example of doing just that,” said Higgins.
Students, Emily Anderson and Katrina Conklin, affirmed his sentiments.
“I think all of us have been desensitized and letting that effect us will be our down fall. I have been desensitize to violent scenes and it can subtly influence my mood - In order to combat this we need to cut back our exposure to excessive violence in our lives,” said Anderson.
Conklin took a long view, imagining the future of violent imagery.
“Every screen people see casually shows horrific events - we see massacres on television and laugh, exclaiming “oh it’s just CGI.” If graphics become so realistic, will we be able to separate reality from a false world?”
Student Sophia McGoldrick believes the show is important because it lets her and her peers actively express their feelings about violence during a time where people feel like they can not create change. For her, the desensitization reaches beyond the television, and into recent national events amongst her peers - it is worrisome.
“When school shootings happen I have become so used to them that I am no longer shocked... I remember the Sandy Hook shooting, I was mortified. I thought about it everyday and I became extremely aware. Now, when I hear about these awful events I feel sorry, but I no longer feel pain.”
☆ Choir students will open the evening by performing, “Earth Song,” by Frank Ticheli, a song that talks about music as a refuge from the pain and suffering of war.
☆ Criminal Investigation students will focus on violence against Law Enforcement Officers. Students will provide a visual interpretation of what the officers and families go through when life is lost in the line of duty. They will present factual information that will offer new perspectives into the sacrifices made by law enforcement.
☆ Fine art students will showcase painting, drawings and sculpture created after analyzing the visual representation of violence through out art history. Students have been given the freedom to tackle content, style and form that envelops their personal experiences and beliefs.
☆ Theater arts student Maile Peterson will present a monologue entitled, “Star and Stripes,” that encapsulates the pride and devastation of a mother who has lost her child to war.
☆ Juniors enrolled in History will reflect on school violence, in light of current events. They will write poems, letters and create art that illustrates their feelings and beliefs.
Higgins and the students extend an invitation to the public and hope the showcase allows them to share their voice, take a moment of silence, pay attention, and engage viewers into active change.
“This show is not only important because it showcases the arts and works of students but we want to share it with the community, so we can all grow and make change together,” said Anderson.
This free event is from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at Yosemite High School’s Badger Gallery.