Collaborative Columns: Past and Present


The New Jersey Artists in Education Grant, funded by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences, provided the art students of Parsippany Hills High School the opportunity to be a part of a permanent installation in the media center. Working with master printer, Eileen Foti, students explored their culture and heritage to create iconic prints celebrating the diversity of PHHS.

Students reflected on their personal heritage and discussed their backgrounds with one another. Some are immigrants; some are first generation Americans; and some families have been here for multiple generations. Some identify with a different country of origin, and some consider themselves as mainly American. Based on these conversations, students developed prints relating to specific themes: home, food, the arts, religion, family, and sports/games.

You can view the short grant documentary here

This installation is a visual celebration of the individual identities that come together as the amazing student population at Parsippany Hills High School.