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Silver Bay students, Charlotte and Anthony

February 12, 2024 -- Two Silver Bay Elementary students, Anthony Mendoza and Charlotte Hart, will be represented in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's upcoming exhibition, Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice (March 8 - September 8, 2024).

Fighters for Freedom is a collection of more than 1,000 works by William H. Johnson. Through the artwork, Johnson suggests, “that the pursuit of freedom is an ongoing, interconnected struggle, with moments of both triumph and tragedy. We are reminded that individual achievement and commitment to social justice are at the heart of the American story.” 

Anthony’s contribution, recognizing his grandfather, will be represented in a flipbook that will be displayed next to a mural of students’ contributions.

Charlotte identified Jaylen Arnold as a modern day freedom fighter in her submission and will have her work on display in both the book and the mural.

We are proud to have the creativity and voices of these two students represented in the Smithsonian art exhibition.