Showcasing Creativity

Innovative educational partnerships inspire student-designed exhibits



For artists young and old, The Huntington is full of inspiration. And what better place to spark the creative muse than in the gardens? Students from three area schools had an opportunity to do just that when they were invited to create and exhibit works of art inspired by the Botanical Gardens.


In a partnership with Glendale Galleria, The Huntington challenged 24 high school students from the Social Justice Leadership Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles to design four “fashion gardens” to be displayed inside the mall. Each installation included a costumed mannequin set within a landscape of mixed-media elements inspired by the Japanese, Chinese, Desert, or Children’s garden. The project was on view in the Galleria for several weeks this spring.


Another creative venture brought together 144 students from two Pasadena middle schools—Eliot Arts Magnet and Mayfield Junior School—in a unique project centered around the theme of “Harmony in the Gardens.” Students took photographs in the gardens and later critiqued their work, selecting 12 that best represented their theme. Working together in groups composed of students from both schools, the youngsters reinterpreted the photographs on mixed-media tiles. Each of the final artworks, displayed during the opening of the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center, reflected the collaboration and teamwork of a diverse group of creative students.


Both projects helped these young artists learn “real world” skills of working for a client and delivering a product on deadline. The public display of their work made the learning experience even more rewarding.


From top: High school students from the Social Justice Leadership Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School design and install a “Fashion Gardens” exhibit that was on view at the Glendale Galleria.


Middle school students from Eliot Arts Magnet and Mayfield Junior School created a collaborative art project titled “Harmony in the Gardens” on view at the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center

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