Nari Ward (born 1963)
We the People (black version)
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2016.26
Early American Art Gallery

Welcome to the Student-Led Audio Tour

NARRATOR: Welcome to the Crystal Bridges Student-Led Audio Tour! On this tour you will experience works of art through the perspective of a fourth-grade class. Cecil-Floyd Elementary students from Joplin, Missouri took part in a Crystal Bridges in the Classroom Residency program during fall 2021 in which they used works of art from Crystal Bridges collection to further their understanding of Colonial America. The residency concluded with students writing their own interpretations to artworks which were then recorded. All the works of art on this tour are connected to the idea of Colonial America in some way, whether the art was made during that period, or through the lens of contemporary artists responding to the lasting effects that the colonial period had on groups of peoples. This tour will offer a chance to see how the next generation of students are interpreting the story of America and even offer a glimpse of how they hope to move forward in continuing to write their part in this story with hopefulness and positivity.

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Raylee Responds to We the People

RAYLEE GAMMILL: Different colors, many sizes, everyone is different. Be you, white or black, that is that. We the People, you probably have different shoe laces from the person on your left [pause] or right. [Pause] We the People, we are strong people, creative people, smart people and amazing people. We are all different in our own ways. You're awesome, you are you, that's good. Be yourself, no one can change who you are.


RAYLEE CONTINUES: I'm only 10 years old and I already know, I am who I am. No one can change you. You're an awesome person, keep on going. You're changing the world, keep doing that. That's awesome, and everyone can do it. Get out there, be yourself, that's all that matters. You're beautiful, it's okay to make mistakes. Don't try to be other people, you are you, don't change that. There is a lot of people in the world, but none of them are as unique as you. We are all different in our own ways. We are different by our colors, shapes, sizes, and our special features. Be who you are.

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