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LBHS Walking for Water Club creates art piece reflecting emotions during quarantine 

By Ayda Tuncay

The students of Laguna Beach High School’s Walking for Water Club have come together to create an art piece depicting their feelings while being in quarantine since the coronavirus outbreak. After having virtual meetings two times a week, the group decided to put its free time to use and create something that would represent this moment in history. 

With the virtual walk quickly approaching on June 27th and 28th, students got to work on their individual art project. Each member who chose to participate was given two canvases, one to show how they felt being stuck at home and another to illustrate what they wanted the outcome of this quarantine to be. Once they are all finished, they will be put together to form a collection of 25 different viewpoints of the teenagers in Laguna Beach. 

This type of project allowed everyone to share their unique perspectives on what life is like and how they want it to progress. The coronavirus pandemic forced everyone around the world to practice social distancing and stay in their homes. A lot of people turned to art as a way to express themselves and inform others about their situations and what was happening in the world. 

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Art piece created by members of the LBHS Walking for Water Club

In years past, it is evident that art is one of the most significant ways to display history. The AIDS epidemic of the 1980s left a massive impact on art forever, with artists creating paintings, and taking photographs documenting this moment. One of the most well-known images from the epidemic is a Benetton ad, now seen as a marker in the history of AIDS imagery. A more recent example would be all of the pictures of protestors and different signs that are being produced in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

 All of these different forms of art through history are crucial in normalizing the different hardships that we face. Some of the diseases and injustices that have caused people to share their creativity in different ways only apply to certain people but during the coronavirus, a vast majority of the world collectively kept themselves safe at home. Through this art project the Walking for Water Club was able to demonstrate how the younger generation of society was feeling during this time. These students have never experienced something like this, and it gave everyone a different perspective on how we live our lives. Some of the seniors from the high school were robbed of a graduation and the freshman didn’t get to experience a full first year of high school. 

Although these are hard losses, people in other parts of the world were suffering much worse. As a part of the Walking for Water Club, which works alongside nonprofit Wisdom Spring to spread awareness about the threatening water crisis in West Africa, the students had to learn about how this crisis was affecting different parts of the world. 

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Susan Hough and current members of Walking for Water Club at KX FM

They learned that decades of chronic underfunding of water infrastructure is putting many countries at worse risk, with more than half the global population lacking access to safely managed sanitation. Since good hygiene is the first line of defense against the coronavirus and a vast range of other diseases, the importance of building wells and access to clean water in underprivileged countries is even more evident now. Seeing as the annual walk to raise money for these underprivileged regions was canceled, the students had to come up with a different solution to continue providing help.

 A common phrase that a lot of younger kids have been hearing is that “[They] are the future.” Based on this statement, it is apparent that these teenagers are the core of our culture and humanity and the things that they create will be remembered in the future and used as a foundation for bettering our world. 

A virtual walk is happening on June 27th and 28th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring multiple events and activities such as guest speakers, a screening of the PBS documentary on Walking for Water, music, and a silent auction. One of the silent auction items will be the unified canvases that each student made. The art piece is first set to show in a local gallery but will then be sent to the highest bidder in the auction. To participate in our event, please go to www.wisdomspring.org/virtual, and to find out more about Water for Water go to www.wisdomspring.org.

 

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