A global art project teaching fourth graders the power of empathy and understanding.

Judy Gelles’ work featuring
a student from St. Lucia

Acclaimed artist Judy Gelles interviewed over 300 students around the world, asking them the same three questions.


Who do you live with?
What do you wish for?
What do you worry about?

Student alongside work from Penn Alexander School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

These visual narratives have resonated with teachers, students, and the public, worldwide. And now, the project has been developed into free digital curricula for download.


Ten lesson plans walk students through the process of sharing their stories and listening to others. More deeply, they teach empathy and communication skills that students can draw from for the rest of their lives.

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Teachers may choose from the ten lesson plans to design a curriculum that is right for their schedule and classroom. Each lesson plan includes a detailed Learning Plan, Objectives, Common Core Standards, Supplemental Materials, and Assessment Rubric.


1.   How to Interview

2.   Photography

3.   About the Author

4.   Bullying

5.   Family Structure

6.   Future Aspirations

7.   Geography

8.   Immigration

9.   Religion

10.   Worries

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In such trying times, seeing such a project that looks to span across socioeconomic, racial, religious, and other backgrounds from a Fourth Grade perspective, is just incredible. This makes the project a necessary work in our society.

— Fourth Grade Teacher
Las Vegas, Nevada
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