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The Art of Kindness 2019

To kick-off the Kindness Initiative and celebrate World Kindness Day, high school students from across the Dallas area competed in The Art of Kindness art contest.

Empathy Is an Important Social Skill

On November 13, 2019, nine high school students celebrated World Kindness Day by showcasing their work to kick off the Center for BrainHealth's first Art of Kindness event. Sharing remarkable depth and thoughtfulness, these young artists took complex neuroscience concepts and tied them to personal life experiences, expressing profound and sensitive ideas in creative and engaging ways.

To kick-off the Kindness Initiative at Center for BrainHealth and celebrate World Kindness Day, high school students from across the Dallas area competed in The Art of Kindness art contest.

2019 Finalists


The Complexity of the Teenage Brain by Charlotte Clark

This piece is inspired by the teenage brains’ response to watching someone in pain, based upon the scientific article “How Do the Brains of Children, Teenagers, and Adults Respond to Others’ Pain?” Based upon analysis of the neurological response to watching someone in pain, the red and blue characters on either side 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.


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.


Empathetical Understanding by Gracie Fenner


Loving Embrace by Brian 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.


You Smile, I Smile by Kenia Castro


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.


Art of Kindness

Curious about the neuroscience of kindness? An interdisciplinary collaboration with UT Dallas programs in art and technology and computer science, Art of Kindness explores the link between empathy and kindness through an annual student art contest.

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