A more harmonious, balanced and prosperous society seems to be the one that builds on similarities and downgrades the differences. To build on the similarities, and relegate the threat that the differences may project, we need to encourage sympathy and practice empathy particularly amongst the children of today who will be the custodian of the planet Earth and the life on it tomorrow. Sympathy is an expression of our concern for the pain and misery of others, and empathy is the act of helping to relieve their pain.
Besharat Art Foundation launched the project “Art in School” in the hope that the daily contact with art that presents similarities whilst showing the differences, will further promote sympathy and empathy amongst the children.
The Foundation’s goal is to run the project in schools in Georgia, USA and Barbizon, France. Later, it will be gradually extended to other territories. The intention is to turn schools to exhibition spaces in which works of renowned artists such as Steve McCurry will be exhibited to promote thought provoking opportunities leading to discussion and debate amongst the pupils.
The project is designed for elementary and the middle schools across the states because the younger children are more susceptible to accept new ideas and ways of doing things.
— Love, Massoud Besharat