The Difference We Make

June 4 - August 3 Ford Education CenterFree with admission

A collaborative community exhibition by Allen Park High School and Allen Park Community School

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

– Jane Goodall

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the creation of this exhibition, a level of consciousness amongst the student artists was achieved with regards to their environment and how the choices we make as people affect the ability of others to thrive. At the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), our purpose is Celebrating and Saving Wildlife. One of the goals of the DZS and this exhibition is to inspire our guests to take action and create positive change for animals and the environment.

Students at Allen Park High School and Community School teamed with their educators Jelane Richardson, Michael McCullugh, Mary McMaster and Warren Stowe as well as with the DZS and artist-in-residence David Baile to create this exhibition that takes a closer look at extinct or nearly extinct animals and their circumstances.

Students were challenged to use as many materials as possible that were reclaimed, recycled or otherwise would have been discarded. Mr. Stowe and Ms. McMaster played a key role in collecting waste material such as the lunch trays, cardboard, pallets, plastic water bottles and food cans that were used in the construction of most of the art in this exhibition.

The biggest change this year was the inclusion of financial support to bring in artist David Baile to work with the students on their large found object installations. Bringing in a working artist to mentor the students and being able to exhibit their work at the Zoo was a powerful experience for them. This project empowered students to use their voice and trust their dedication to such a large collaborative effort.