This year the students of the Renaissance School will be participating in the Dream Flag Project. Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the tradition of Nepalese prayer flags; the Dream Flag Project is an annual art/poetry/community project for students of all ages. Begun in Philadelphia in 2003, the Dream Flag Project now includes Dream Flags created by over 40,000 students from 34 states of the U.S. as well as by students from countries such as Canada, Belize, Australia, Canada, France, Costa Rica, Nepal, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa.
To participate, students first read or listen to some of the “dream” poems of Langston Hughes. Students then create their own “dream” poems--based on their personal dreams for the future, global dreams for the world at large or simply a reflection on the importance of having, keeping and working to fulfill dreams. These poems are then transferred to cloth, decorated and attached to a line.
Renaissance School dream flags will be on display at the school for a short while after the April break. They will then be mailed to Philadelphia where they will be displayed, connecting their dreams with the dreams from dozens of other schools from around the world, at the annual Dream Flag Project Celebration. Dream flags will then be displayed at various public places around Philadelphia--hospitals, libraries, etc.--before they are returned to the Renaissance School in late May. This is a very exciting project for the students and to participate with other schools from around the world. The students have been working on their written pieces and will soon transfer that to a canvas piece of material.