- Students will create + destroy a symbolic “wall” of intolerance
- Students will raise awareness of intolerance via public art piece
The wall will be built over time, up to several weeks. In consultation with school administration club leaders should designate a time during lunch or other free time to tear down the wall.
Identify an area of wall space to create the Wall of Intolerance – likely a public space where many students pass by (in the cafeteria, main hallway, etc.)
Building the wall – Club leaders will cut red construction paper into rectangles resembling “bricks” and create the first 15-20 with examples of acts of intolerance such as bullying, discrimination, being mean to friends, passive aggression, etc. Students may also put categorical items such as sexism, racism, or body shaming.
Start by adding the club created bricks as the “foundation” (6ft x 3ft or 4ft), next leave blank bricks and adhesive near the “construction site” inviting everyone to add their own brick.
Symbolizing the end of the intolerable acts – There are several options for breaking down the wall of intolerance OMM club members could invite non-OMM club members (recruitment opportunity) to tear down pieces of the wall in a unified effort reinforcing the message that it will take many people to deconstruct intolerance. The student leaders may read off some of the acts of intolerance while the students, (from the student body or club), one by one, tear down the wall. Students may also choose to break down the wall of intolerance during the following club meeting and create a time-lapse video to be shared with the student body through social media or school announcements.
- Discuss and determine an action plan for creating and managing the wall on intolerance