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CHHS art class designs anti-hate message

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Students create messages in time for MLK observances

By Kelly Cantrall

A local high school class is using the power of visual art to call for kindness and equality.

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An art class at Central Hardin High School created a poster campaign called “Stop the Hate,” which is focused on racial equality and anti-bullying messages. The posters have been displayed throughout the school and were inspired by Black History Month, which is February.

The class, Printmaking and Graphics, typically covers skills that could be used in a professional setting, teacher Antonio Menendez said.

Menendez wanted to show his students the skills could be used for other purposes, “so they can see graphics is not just for commercial use,” he said. It’s a skill set that can be used in creating art as political messages, he said.

Some of the posters include calls for peace and others highlight activists, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, and political figures such as Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama.

“So far I’ve heard really good feedback from the kids in the hallway,” Menendez said.

Senior Lydia Miller created a poster showing a wreath of hands with a “Stop the Hate” message inside. She thought it was a positive project because she sees bullying as a problem, especially toward minorities. But she said the posters are attracting students’ attention.

“People were talking about it at lunch and they liked the campaign,” she said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.