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Eagle River High School Art Teacher and Students Honor Healthcare Workers
Anchorage School District student-artists presented portraits of local healthcare workers in a series of ceremonies at three hospitals around our community to celebrate National Nurses Week from May 6-12.
Requests to healthcare workers, nurses, and doctors to submit "selfies" started in December 2020. Local media helped spread Bera's message to get the word out.
Eagle River High School art teacher Jacob Bera explained that the project is meant to honor the work of healthcare workers and the sacrifices they make to keep the community safe.
"Through it all, our healthcare workers have always been there. Risking their own health in an effort to keep each and every one of us safe. Working long hours to prevent the spread of this virus from day one by testing and caring for those who were impacted. Their expertise and sacrifice is something that’s easy to take for granted, until we need it the most," he said.
Secondary students from across the District chose to participate by selecting a selfie and creating a portrait using pencils, paint, or digital media. Elementary students also participated by creating thank you cards for healthcare workers.
The portraits all display a close visual of the healthcare workers’ face. The visual art pieces were delivered to healthcare workers at the Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center and will be displayed in their buildings before being transfered to the owner.
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is currently hosting an online exhibition until June 30.