By: David Neishabori
It’s Official!!!! AZADI Fine Rugs American Dream Art Program add to Jackson Hole Middle School Curriculum!!!!!!
Trevor Ruffner, our Gallery Director at AZADI Fine rugs in Jackson Hole, WY wanted to take the annual AZADI Fine Rugs American Dream Program to the next level. For the past two years, the program was offered in Jackson Hole schools to all kids age 5-18, in the community. “This year, I really wanted the program to have a massive impact”, said Ruffner.” With the involvement of Jackson Hole pARTners, Ruffner approached the Jackson Hole Middle School and was excited to have the program added to the school’s 6th Grade Language Arts curriculum. It was a perfect fit because the students were reading “Iqbal”, the story of a courageous 13 year-old boy forced into child labor in a Pakistani carpet factory.
This parallel is uncanny, because AZADI Fine Rugs has been an avid supporter of providing rugs made without child labor for over 20 years. AZADI Fine Rugs has been also been a champion of GoodWeave, an internationally acclaimed organization that works to end child labor in the handmade rug industry. We are honored to take a stand alongside GoodWeave and other organizations globally in weaving communities, to end this practice that often begins with children as young as age four.
After reading “Iqbal”, by Francesco D’Adamo, the students were asked to create a poster that demonstrated their idea of the “American Dream.” Over 240 of the sixth graders at Jackson Hole middle school participated. They went on to vote for the top 10 winners and their number one favorite, which will be made into a hand-woven rug and raffled off in the fall.
In addition to promoting the arts, another goal of the program is to inspire young entrepreneurs. The students sold raffle tickets in April and raised $8,800.00! The funds will be dispersed as prize money for the winner and the top ticket seller with the rest distributed between The Teton County School District, Jackson Hole pARTners and the GoodWeave Organization.
The 10 finalists in the 2017 AZADI American Dream Art Program are:
Sydney Smith (Drop of Color), Max Sumicad (Power Equality), Acacia LaPrade (Reaching the Dream), Kennedy Campbell (Peace of All), Thaw Han (The Board of Love), Regan Harvey (Reaching the Dream), Taylor Santos (Liberty is for Everyone), Sarah Mulligan (The Same Color), Allie Kopcho, and Gaone-Jasso (Love America)
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