Just last week, the national CIS office unveiled What We are Made Of. This collaboration between pop artist Jason Mecier and CIS students has resulted in 3-D mosaic portraits of students that are currently on display at Touchstone Gallery in Washington D.C. To bring this unique project to everyone, a virtual, interactive version is available here. It’s worth checking out!
We love thinking about what we’re made of. We invited CIS staff to be part of this project. We asked them to tell us what item represents part of what they are made of. Here’s what a few of them said:
Hiking boots and bologna sandwich
My well-worn, hiking boots have been a trusted support, emotionally, as well as physically—encouraging my love of travel and immersion into various communities, along with my best pal, Lisa. And, of course, without the grounding of a bologna sandwich, all experiences would be less than.
-Jenn Miner, CIS Site Coordinator, Kalamazoo Central High School
I made my first journey as an infant with my parents to come to the United States after being adopted by them. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to travel to other places and those experiences have helped me grow as a person and learn to appreciate differences and other points of view.
-Emily Kobza, Sr. Director of Development & Business Engagement
Photo of family
I come from a large family with a supporting and loving mother who I know has shaped the person I am today…caring, giving and loving. Because of the strong love and relationships I have with my family, it makes me the mother and Site Coordinator that I am today.
-Martha Serio, CIS Site Coordinator, Spring Valley Center for Exploration
I’m made up of coffee. With a four-year-old and nine-month-old, this mama needs all the help she can get.
What are you made of?