The Art of Kindness 2019
Empathy is an important social skill
Nine high school students showcased their work with remarkable depth and thoughtfulness, they took complex neuroscience concepts and tied them to personal life experiences by expressing them in creative and engaging ways.
The Complexity of the Teenage Brain by Charlotte Clark
This piece is inspired by the teenage brains’ response to watching someone in pain. A study (from the article entitled “How Do the Brains of Children, Teenagers, and Adults Respond to Others’ Pain?”) drew participants of all ages together in order to analyze their neurological response to watching someone in pain. The red and blue characters on either side of the piece represent the alpha power increase and alpha power decrease responses while the central purple character symbolizes the complex and unique union of the two neurological responses that were only present in the teenage participants of the study.
Sympathy by Taylor Dunson
It is a drawing of two hands, one on top and one on the bottom. There’s a heart being exchanged between the two, showing and sharing sympathy to one another.
Loving Embrace by Brain Beaman
Linking by Jack Barriere
I wanted to portray how interconnected people are through empathy. As humans, we feel when someone else gets hurt and take that information to help them in acts of kindness.
Empathy from the Past by Akeysha King
The teenage girl’s boyfriend just broke up with her. Her mom is the one showing empathy; because, that has happened to her. The girl’s little sister doesn’t understand the situation.
Empathetical Understanding by Gracie Fenner
Deanna’s Concern by Ben Courtwright
This image of my grandmother, Deanna, taken in the middle of a grocery store, illustrates the feelings of grandmotherly concern in a fraction of a second. Our family was in crisis and she came to take care of us.
A Connection by Sydney Headrick
Empathy is what makes humans worth more than other species. The ability to share the feeling with another inspired this painting to show the connection people can make with each other while using empathy. The colors of the painting are selected in comparison to the brain scan colors, centering the painting around calmness and soft emotions.