All Things Come to Me & Paths of Gold

At first glance, the painting by Nellie Mae Rowe, titled All Things Come to Me, might seem to have very little in common with Jonas Lie‘s work: Paths of Gold. Yet, they both depict the wonder and hope that we carry with us in our dreams. Whether it be the dreams of a a poor African-American woman whose schooling never went past the early grades, or those carried in the unconsciouses of the many immigrants throughout history who made their way to the gates of America’s ‘promised land’, there are commonalities and differences in the messages of these visions that speak to our humanity. How might these paintings, the artists’ stories, and the periods of history they depict be used to spark our own students’ dreams and thoughts about diversity?

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