Art projects focused on respect, love, heroes and peacemakers were on display at a gallery in Dallas this week.
Students at the Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in the Dallas ISD created the art as part of a pilot program called Respect Starts Here: Listen, Learn and Act.
The program came from the nonprofit Young Women’s Preparatory Network to help "students and teachers learn to have meaningful conversations to discuss issues of social justice and bias in society with a focus on race, class and gender," according to a news release.
YWPN kicked off the pilot project last fall with a conference at Irma Rangel, its first network school.
The news release said the conference "blended listening, learning, speaking, writing and creating." During the year, the 6th-12th graders at the school created more than 500 posters focused on the themes of respect, love and peace. Some of the artwork was displayed for one night at Talley Dunn Gallery.
YWPN is a Dallas-based nonprofit agency that partners with public school districts in Texas to open and support all-girls, college preparatory schools.
Currently, there are seven schools in the network including Irma Rangel in the Dallas ISD, the Young Women's Leadership Academy in the Fort Worth ISD and the Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold in the Grand Prairie ISD.