IStep into ‘Inclusive Wonderland,’ a vibrant tapestry of creativity and inclusivity crafted by the imaginative minds of Hilltop Country Day Schools elementary and middle school students. Radiating with a kaleidoscope of colors, this mixed media invites all onlookers into an enchanting playground.
The “Imaginary Playground” community outreach project launched this year by the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (Official) (NAWA) invites everyone to think about what we love and want to see in the world. Within this exuberant tableau, myriad characters dance together in celebration of diversity. Superheroes, whimsical creatures, and individuals from all walks of life coexist harmoniously, symbolizing the beauty of unity amidst differences. Including miniaturized books pays homage to the love of reading, an integral part of the school’s culture.
At the heart of the artwork lies a round mirror, strategically placed to reflect the viewer’s image, beckoning them to join this fantastical world. As eyes meet their reflection within the artwork, a powerful message resonates: ‘Real freedom lies in unapologetically embracing one’s true self.’
Highlighted within this kaleidoscopic vision is a lady with an endless supply of cake, a nod to simple joys, and a girl with wings, symbolizing boundless imagination and the freedom to soar beyond limitations—cute and endearing animals frolic alongside, fostering an atmosphere of joy and acceptance.
‘Inclusive Wonderland’ embodies the essence of inclusivity, inviting all to celebrate their individuality and embrace a community where authenticity is cherished. It stands as a testament to the belief that everyone is welcomed and celebrated for being who they are in this playground of imagination.
Inclusive Wonderland was created under the guidance of Elena Ageeva-Zelenina, a Signature member of NAWA, the first US professional organization of women artists. NAWA will celebrates its 135 anniversary in 2024.