Wantagh HS Art Honor Society Abandons Their Art

Wantagh High School Art Honor Society Abandons Their Art

In most cases, artistic works that have been painstakingly rendered are saved or hung on a wall or placed in a portfolio. For Wantagh High School members of the Art Honor Society, leaving art on a park bench or among stacks of books at the local bookstore for someone to take is a community service. 

The honor society’s Art Abandonment Project has been a clever way of participating in a community service activity together, teacher Krista Hagan said. She explained that the students can render art singularly while working as a group in their community service efforts. 

Student-artist Madeline Rose said members have not been able to participate in community service projects, as required by the honor society. The students were looking for a way to be safe, but at the same time, serve the community. “We came up with a way to do art on our own and share it in a noncontact way. This way, we are able to give others joy in these hard times,” Madeline said. 

Participant Maylani Lee said she has left art on a park bench, enclosed within a plastic bag with the message “Take me, I’m yours.” She explained that if the person who takes the art has an Instagram account, they can take a selfie with the artwork and tag the honor society in a post. 

Ms. Hagan explained, for example, that one art piece of a nurse donning a superhero mask was picked up by the employee of a local hospital and is now in a nurses’ dressing room and serving as inspiration for essential workers.  

“Another piece of art was dropped off in Teaneck, New Jersey, so we will never know how far that artwork will travel,” Ms. Hagan said. 

“Every piece of art will have its own journey,” Principal Dr. Paul Guzzone said. “The students don’t know the impact of their charitable actions.”