In April, my ArtPrize Eight Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind installation traveled to an elementary school in Virginia, shown above, and influenced students to create their own work in a Detroit area school. In Virginia during my presentation, seven hundred students pumped their fists and chant “Oh yeah” every time I said, “Be a friend first” or “Treat everyone like a friend.” Then the students wrote promises to live by the Golden Rule on orange paper fish and tied the fish onto an orange canvas.
This installation has started conversations in other schools, too. Here are some pictures showing how ArtPrize Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind also inspired students in Detroit to color their school orange. These third graders painted koi fish and wrote kindness promises.
The Gold Rule encourages us to treat everyone like a friend. Logan’s story shows us how to live by the Golden Rule.
“Hey, Logan,” the kids taunted. “Go get the gas meter and bring it over here.” Innocently, Logan, who has autism, ran over to the gas meter and attempted to pull it off the house. But when the game was over, the kids ditched Logan, leaving him in tears.
But Logan continued to respond to bullying with kindness. When students forgot their lunches, Logan was the first to say, “Do you like potato chips? You may have mine.”
By living by the Golden Rule—treating everyone like a friend, even your enemies—Logan colors his neighborhood with kindness. How can you live by the Golden Rule?