the KindredCOLORS Exhibits we always have a book in which viewers
are asked to write their impressions, opinions, thoughts, and
feelings about the display, its intention, and its impact.
Here are excerpts from that KindredCOMMENTS Book:
a fabulous interactive way to make such a powerful point!
Thank you for such an eye-opening unique exhibit. It awakens my senses! - Lynn
This is a very beautiful and informative display...very creative
and well done.
It’s quite interesting to learn that nature can put the very same color
as your skin in many different places. - Colin Steele
Thank you for your gentle anti-racist work. - Linda King
Many thanks for bringing us all together and delivering
such a powerful truth of our one-ness! Amen. - Peter
This was so great!! I’m in high school and I know my classmates would love
- Julieanne Doherty
This needs to be brought around the city, especially to the schools.
Amen to you. - Nancy
Thank you for the beauty! The collections are impressive and the purpose
is inspiring. I found my summer pink inside the granite
and conch shells, and my winter pale inside the grains of wood.
My elementary school kids (grades K-6) would love
the touch and meaning of this exhibit. - Jen
This is super cool - and really fun for me and my friends. - Daricella
This exhibit was AWESOME. - Sarah
This exhibit is really really COOL. - Brandon
This exhibit is AMAZING. - John
This exhibit is the BEST. - Mike
This exhibit is creepy. - Dwight
I like when I matched my skin on the third try. - Nicholas
I like the exhibit so much because I had four different kinds of
things that matched my skin. - Jacob
I am beautiful colors. - Frankie
What a wonderful way to show us all as belonging to
one grandiose nature! - Janie Shoenich, Guidance Counselor
As Seneca says, "All art is but an imitation of nature." You have illuminated
the source of creativity. I see now that the
color spectrum is an important ingredient
for inspiration in art. - Pohhock
Thanks for the wonderful exhibit and even better explanation!
- Beth McIntosh
I LOVE IT!! It is SO perfect to see my skin tone in relation to some
of my favorite foods...and connecting us all with the elements
plus the Woods and Rocks and Seas. BRILLIANT ! - Alison Chase
I was surprised that my skin matched the color of a wood — because
wood and people are so different. What a profound lesson.
Thank you. - Meghan
Very lovely to see your exhibit on this important United Nations Day — with
hope for its continued enjoyment and instruction on a tour.
- Steve Jerome
From now on we will always remember to notice the shades of natural things and
compare them. This is an exhibit that we will replay in many new ways in our
life experiences. Thank you. - Ms. Rorian’s
above photos courtesy of Rosemary Fortin
are two of the longer responses to the “KindredCOLORS” CD
and the "Everyone is Beautiful" binder:
is by Hilda Wanja Karanu, a member of the Agikuyu
tribe of eastern Africa, and a resident of Nairobi, Kenya. At the
age of 21 her hobbies include reading, traveling, making new friends,
and listening to cool music. She hopes to go to nursing school
in the USA and then return to Kenya to use her skills.
loved ‘Everyone is Beautiful’ so much that I read
the book over and over. It is not only interesting but very educational,
especially about the skin. I didn’t know much about it
" I kindly shared the CDs with my friends, and they liked them. When I showed
them the butterflies you sent, they almost stole them from me. We concluded that
real beauty is priceless – like the stars in the midnight sky, the crystal
look of a river early in the morning, or birds singing in their nests. We made
a list of all the beautiful things we saw and how we take them for granted, which
is really sad."
“ Because of ‘Everyone is Beautiful’ I am now looking at life
in a new direction, and learning to appreciate it all – like about skin
colours and how they are earth toned and the reasons behind that, which is interesting.
When I asked most of my friends why skins are different in colour, none could
explain. So I drew it for them, explaining and giving examples. I felt so proud
“ I must say, you have done a wonderful job promoting self-awareness and
appreciation of other people as well as of the environment. I learned that only
after you get acquainted with others can you know if they are beautiful or not,
depending on if they are kind or selfish and so on."
“ At the end of it all, we humans are the same, whether we are from Africa
or Asia or America or Europe. We are the same, and to understand that is important
so that we can stop discrimination among ourselves."
“Congratulations. Thank you so much, and God Bless You !! ”
Rev. Richard Chrisman, former Senior Minister
at Central Congregational Church in Jamaica Plain MA, and now
a consultant in worship and the arts at Middle Collegiate Church
in Manhattan NY, and Adjunct Faculty at Berkshire Community
College in Pittsfield MA.
“ Cynthia Price-Glynn has developed a thorough, comprehensive
and delightful curriculum to teach us that UNDER our skin, which is
so beautifully and richly variegated, we are all intimately related,
each therefore deserving of respect and universal rights. And, no matter
how different our skin surface may appear from individual to individual,
region to region, ethnicity to ethnicity, the uniform biological functions
of skin make us one IN the skin too. Best of all, the beauty OF skin
itself – so supple, so sensual, so touchable – is the first
introduction of our individual beauty to any observer. It is the first
evidence of the beauty WITHIN, the gorgeous banner announcing the approach
of another of God’s precious creations."
" This experience helps us appreciate a process that began as a simple but
dramatic exhibit called ‘Kindred Colors’ in the 1990’s. It
now culminates as a full-blown re-education about the ‘depth of skin’ and
the ‘deep meanings of skin.’ The original exhibit came as a gentle
first alert: ‘Take note, people, of the infinite subtlety of nature’s
surfaces. Look at the variations in tone and texture and color by which nature
presents itself to you. Celebrate its sensations!’ And now we are given
a further kind of knowledge able to motivate us about the proper care of our
skin, our first line of defense against dangers to our health."
" Why this truly energetic and energizing educational effort? Lest any one
forget, as can happen every day everywhere, to remind us that humans owe each
other full honor and respect. Skin difference is actually the signal, not of
alienation from each other, but of our God-given commonality. Formerly many sins
were prompted just at the sight of skin difference. It is a tragedy, still on-going,
that need not be. May ‘Everyone is Beautiful’ teach people to sing
a new anthem to the beautiful variety of human beings.”
EisB logo is a shortened version of our declaration that Everyone