The Appleton Compassion Project
“The Appleton Compassion Project” is a community art project involving 10,436 Appleton Area School District K-12 art students. In Fall 2010, participating students received a 6-inch-by-6-inch art panel to draw or paint their idea of compassion.
The inspiration behind the project came from Richard Davidson, PhD — a University of Wisconsin-Madison brain researcher who has found that those who practice compassion have measurably healthier brains. What’s more, Davidson’s research shows that compassion can be learned, and should be practiced, as a skill. “A little more joy might be within everyone’s reach,” says Davidson.
The Appleton students’ panels will be installed in The Trout Museum of Art galleries and on view from May 1–June 30, 2011. Additional tiles will be on exhibit at Lawrence University’s Jason Downer Commons May 1-June 6.
On Tuesday evening, May 17, 7:30 PM, Dr. Davidson will be the headline presenter at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, where he will discuss his work on compassion. Appleton North High School choral students and national recording artist Cory Chisel will perform.
General admission passes are required for this event and are complimentary. Passes are available during regular business hours at: The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton Education Foundation, and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Limit of 6 passes per person.
Special Thanks To:
Affinity Health System
Appleton Area School District
Appleton Area School District Board
Appleton Education Foundation
Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (UW-Madison)
Children’s Hospital of WI - Fox Valley
Coalesce Marketing and Design
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.
Doug and Carla Salmon Foundation
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
Jack Richeson & Company
Lamers Bus Lines
Mielke Family Foundation
The Building for Kids
The Trout Museum of Art
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Waisman Center (UW-Madison)
Judith and Austin Boncher
John Scott Boren - Memorial Fund*
Maryellen “Mel” Charbonneau
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Dr. Richard J. Davidson
Curt and Jean Detjen Fund*
Ray and Mary Durkee
John and Sharon Fenlon
Pat and Kevin Gondek
Pam and Dean Gruner
Mayor Timothy Hanna
Mary Jane Jacobs
Richard E. Jelinski
William Krueger Family (in memory
of Margaret Philippi)
Alderperson Joe Martin
Sally and John Mielke
John and Saly Mielke Family Fund*
Prof. Rob Neilson
Lynn Ann Sauby
Jon and Becky Stellmacher
Dr. Monroe E. Trout
Maria Van Laanen
Jonathan R. Vanko
Andrea and Kent Willetts