Eighth Grade Student Eileen Suarez Wins Social Justice Youth Art Contest

Congratulations to two Ladue Middle School eighth grade students for their participation in the Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline Event & Youth Art Contest sponsored by Educators for Social Justice! Eileen Suarez was first place, and Abby Soldwish-Zoole was runner-up in the competition.

On Feb. 24, Eileen will receive her recognition and a prize for her artistic contribution at the Educators for Social Justice Conference. Her art work will be on the cover of the conference materials, and she and and her teachers will be recognized at the conference.

The two girls’ artwork and descriptions are included below:

“There are 6 different people, their faces are split in half. One side is how they really are, the other is their race’s stereotype. My artwork reflects these themes—social justice, healing, and hope—by showing that people are not just their race/gender/sexuality that people expect them to be. They are individuals with likes, hobbies, and dislikes, and they are being shown more and more, that is why the color in the actual person’s background has color, which makes it stand out more. Also, the colors are bright, which shows a bright future.” — Eileen

 

 

 

 

“In my artwork, women are looking out with an expression of hope for change. They are three difference races, but more than just three different colors or hair or eyes. This reflects social justice because it shows our differences as part of what we are. The three faces all come from the same whole strong body. The faces embrace differences, but all share the same expression of hope.”  — Abby