Months earlier, the students and their teacher, Peter Yuscavage, had gathered for a workshop with educators from the Inside Out Project.
Founded in 2011 by French artist JR, the Inside Out Project (IOP) helps people communicate their beliefs and ideas through art. Communities work together to develop a statement they collectively stand behind. Then they display black-andwhite portraits of each participant in a public space. From start to finish, the IOP calls this process an Action.
People have completed Actions all over the world, exploring important topics—both local and global. One Action called “Save the Arctic” aimed to bring awareness to the North Pole and its endangered wildlife. More than 2,000 portraits were used in a photomontage of a giant eye, which was then displayed near the North Pole, above.