The Excellence Project

As a teacher at Lincoln High School, I am inspired by students’ stories of endurance, courage, compassion, and optimism. The Excellence Project is an inclusive and collaborative project exploring personal strengths through writing and art. Your gifts will help this project receive local and international attention on a large scale.

This is a project of self-representation through photography and writing that challenges the biases students encounter every day, giving voice to underrepresented communities through students’ identification of strengths, creative writing and visual narratives.

Through my partnership with John Heineman, Gallup certified strengths coach and LHS attendance team coordinator and Deborah McGinn, LHS creative writing instructor, we are working on a project to help students understand their own strengths and the strengths of others.

Written biographies with photographic portraits will be exhibited to a vast audience by Inside Out, an international participatory art project. Photography and creative writing students will also edit a book to showcase the 50 portraits of excellence, the sculpture installations, individual student photography and written stories. This work will also be displayed in Nonprofit Hub’s exhibition space for a First Friday art reception.

Amazing student participation has pushed expenses higher than anticipated. Your gifts will create an amazing public art project for Lincoln High students and all of Lincoln, exposing students to what is excellent with themselves and within their community.

Justice & Christian painted this backdrop which will be used in Advanced Photography's project for The Excellence Project.