Congratulations to Brandon Mclaughlin and Kristan Bate, corps members serving in City Year LA at The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools! Their piece, “A Ripple” is the overal runner up of the Art of Idealism art competition!

Based on the City Year Founding Story Ripples, this artwork has a special place in the hearts of these two corps members. We caught up with them to learn more about their piece:

Q: What inspired you to create this piece?

Brandon: My inspiration for this piece was my school. Because I serve at The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools I am reminded daily of the legacy he has left. When I enter school everyday I pass by ‘Inspiration Park’, and read the ripples quote. I thought it was fitting to create a piece of art in his honor.

Q: How did you work together on it?

Kristan: We worked well, with good collaboration. We both started at separate sides of the page and let it come together as one beautiful piece of art.

Q: How did you teach your students the ripples story?

Kristan: A lot of the students are very aware of RFK, who he is, and what he stood for. Reading them the quote (which is displayed in front of the school) further inspired them to create their own artwork that stood for something they could believe in and relate to.

Q: What does the ripples quote mean to you? How do you apply it to your service?

Brandon: To me the ripples quote demonstrates the value of the golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated. Although it takes it a step further and talks about stepping up for those mistreated by others. When you stand up for values like equality the message is strong and people feel it.

Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation. . . .It is from numberless diverse acts of courage . . . [and] … belief that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

– Robert F. Kennedy, Day of Affirmation Address
University of Capetown
Capetown, South Africa
June 6, 1966

Congratulations again to Brandon and Kristan! Check in with us tomorrow as we announce the grand prize winner!

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