With it being so late in the school year, apathetic students seeing new changes in their school is a hit or miss. One change that most everyone has seen are the paintings lining the hallway leading into the cafeteria.
The plaque on the wall says the paintings are the galleries projects attempt at following the theme of nostalgia and rebirth while also showing LGBT+ undertones. Just looking at the wall, the LGBT+ is a very prominent theme is each of the paintings.
The paintings have stirred up some controversy with their forward thinking themes. Like all art, that is partially the point, to get attention, to get people to think. But how far is too far?
Though Avonworth for the most part is forward thinking, many students feel that the paintings belong elsewhere. Out of the 40 people I spoke to regarding the placement of the paintings and their contents appropriateness levels for school, they definitely split into two groups. Those who liked the art, but thought it belongs elsewhere, and those who hate it and think it belongs elsewhere. Sophomore Lucas Mcdonald says this about the art, “I would rather see a mural there, when I’m on my way to lunch I can’t appreciate the art.” While Lucas fits into the category of liking the artwork, some feel differently.
Criticizing the art can be risky, because that is the easiest way to be called homophobic or trans-phobic. A general statement I got from those who didn’t like the art was, “It makes me uncomfortable, and I don’t like them being there.”
If anyone has any ideas for alternate spots for the art, please comment below, or hit me up whenever you see me.