A Meeting of the Creative Minds

Kristin Taveira
Within moments of being introduced to poet Eve Hoffman and artist Sal Brownfield, FlexSchool students flooded the chat with single-line poetry -- some silly, some sweet. The creative duo paid a virtual visit on FlexFriday to discuss Celebration of Healing, their jointly created book of portraits and the accompanying stories of 21 individuals whose lives were impacted by breast cancer.

For those 21 subjects, agreeing to be painted and sharing their personal stories involved taking a risk, Sal explained. Then he invited the students to think about and reflect on their own experiences, and to draw a picture. Student responses ranged from the poignant to the irreverent in this rewarding exploration of the power of art and storytelling.