Visual Arts Event - 4th & 5th

MINDFRAME Grand Challenge: What is the American Dream and who defines it? A union is useless if people are absent, and as a part of the American Republic, the MINDFRAME TEAM is counting on you to preserve, nurture, redefine, and explore the concept of the American Dream. To rediscover this notion, take as much risk as possible to design and create your innovative answer and present your solution during the competition. Remember real ingenuity is a product of risk.

Driving Question: How can we keep the American Dream alive?

Challenge Context: We have recently discovered a new island off the coast of Georgia! Our governor wants to begin the process of creating a new city there. So, he has tasked you with thinking about the history of Georgia, Georgia economics, Georgia government and Georgia citizenry and building on this information to propose an ideal place! Each of the tasks below will allow you to explore one aspect to design and create a new place to live in Georgia. This context applies to all divisions and all challenges.

Challenge Description

Your team will design and create a visual model of choice to illustrate how immigration has and will continue to positively impact the American Dream on this new island. 

As your team begins to design an original masterpiece, reflect and consider America’s past and present-day while hypothesizing about her future.  How will our new island look in the future concerning immigration?

Notes to the Coach

This creative and developmental experience teaches students to identify historical movements and trends while collaborating and synthesizing ideas to showcase future trends as impacted by immigration.

 Essential Question & Challenge Requirements 

Essential Question: How can immigration impact the past, present and future regarding the American Dream?


  • Artists choose a medium of their choice.  Options include but are not limited to: print-making, a canvas, ceramics, digital media, etc.
  • One piece must encompass all the eras (past/present/future)
  • Clear alignment with relevant GA standards must be evident in at least each of the following subjects:  math, social studies, ela and science.
  • Maximum amount of $100 may be spent.  No donations may be used.
  • Rubric

 At the time of presentation, team will submit:

  • A written artist’s statement that outlines standards utilized and key elements of the story/idea.
  • Project journal, documenting the design process  (see Resources for suggested design model and journal suggestions) used for planning and implementation
  • Receipts of all purchases.