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The Art Of Teaching A Powerful Lesson In Unity And Social Justice

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A good response in keeping with the school's social justice bent, according to Ulmer, was to focus on that problem, rather than a few broken windows.

The temporary "outdoor gallery' lining storefronts in downtown Fort Wayne and the attention it has attracted all  stems from the first response by the Alyssum Montessori School to the vandalism of its building caused by protest marchers on the night of Friday, May 29th.

Alyssum, located at 916 South Calhoun Street, is part of the Wildflower Schools network,  and was founded by Suzy Ulmer and Sara Gensic in 2018.

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Detailing on the roll call of social injustice now covering the school's front door and window.

It embraces  the philosophy that education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.

For insight on how that mission translates into the message being shared with the community, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Ulmer into the studio to discuss the power of art and the universal language it speaks.

You can learn more about the Alyssum Montessori School at its website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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