Memorializing Robbie…aquire acceptance of diversity through art

While rather sad, I’d encourage anyone to increase their empathy by attending the Robbie Kirkland Memorial Art Show at the Art Gallery at Cleveland State University. Robbie, was a gay freshman who took his own life at the age of fourteen after struggling with pressure over his orientation from school and society. Amidst all this pressure Robbie developed his art as an outlet, a way to express himself. This show is not to celebrate his suicide, but rather should encourage the viewer to contemplate issues of diversity and acceptance. This show should be a reminder to treat others with respect and give human life the dignity it deserves.

The show runs October 1 to October 20, 2o07.http://www.csuohio.edu/artgallery/2007-2008/kirkland/

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