Summer Rising | Kindness Quilt


Summer Rising | Kindness Quilt


Students in the Bronx have been talking about kindness this summer in the CWP Summer Rising Residency at P.S./M.S. 279 with Teaching Artists Mayele Alognon and Seanan Forbes.

What does kindness look like to elementary school students when kindness is showed to others? What does it look like when we show it to ourselves?

Black and white graphic of text to be filled in to complete the sentences Kindness is and Kindness looks like

Kindness is respecting yourself and others.

Kindness is like a cloud covering the sun on a hot day.

Kindness is a quiet space.


Students collaboratively composed metaphors and similes around kindness which they translated into drawings. These drawings would become the design elements of a Kindness Quilt mural, with each student composing and painting their personalized canvas squares.

Student painting of orange sunset over the ocean


Student painting of starry night sky in black and white


Student painting of dominoes toppling in green grass under a bright yellow sun


Student drawing of a cartoonish fox in a bow tie


STudent abstract paiting of a row of white square houses with blue sky and green grass


Student drawing of cartoon style friends together in the grass under blue ski with thought bubbles saying YUM

The finished squares would then be stitched together to create the Kindness Mural to be displayed at the school for peers and community to enjoy.

Student painting from above gathered together on the floor as a Quilt of Kindness

Artwork Type

"Where I'm From"

Student poems and self-potraits reflecting on the questions, “What does home mean to us?” “What physical objects, smells, tastes, sounds, or images remind us of home?” “How can we celebrate our memories by expressing them through writing and art?”