Good morning, my name is Jasmine Magallon. I am a student at Cleveland High School, I’m a part of the Academy of Art and Technology. Like many of the students here today, AOAT and I were granted an amazing opportunity to be able to flourish artistically. The best thing about this experience was not only that we were working alongside a famous artist known all over the world and that our work is actually installed in a museum, but we helped create a work of art that helped show our struggles as people of this society. This project opened our eyes, and worked our minds to help create an image that depicts our society today. This art is a mixture of opinions, styles, and voices. Although it may not look uniform, but each letter connects to the main idea of the piece. That was one of the difficulties of this project because we had no idea how the other students were going to make their own letters and how everything was going to sync together, but to be frank I think that was the beauty of it, because our thoughts and voices were the only thing that mattered. It was important for us to create a letter that showed what we really thought about each phrase given to us. Now as you see this artwork think about what are your hopes, your fears, your values and what is your justice, then voice your opinions. Thank you.
Speech by Jasmine Magallon at the Getty Celebration, May 9, 2015