The Hexagon Project has its roots in the Interdependence Movement, which was started in Philadelphia by Benjamin R. Barber (1939 -2017), Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University, author of Jihad vs. McWorld and founder of the Global Parliament of Mayors. After September 11, 2001, Barber and a group of intellectuals, political leaders and artists from several countries wrote a declaration of interdependence in 2003 and founded Interdependence Day to be held each year on September 12. The movement aims to raise awareness about the interdependent nature of global society and seek trans-national cooperative solutions to global challenges.
Independence used to be the ticket for liberty. But today, security and freedom, whether it’s in the Arab Spring, whether it’s in Iraq or whether it’s right here in the United States, means working cooperatively and interdependently with others.Benjamin Barber
A significant contributor to this movement, Sondra Myers, Senior Fellow for International Civic and Cultural Projects at University of Scranton and co-editor of Interdependence Handbook, invited Elizabeth Burkhauser to join the movement during its yearly celebration in 2006. The Interdependence Hexagon Project began that same year with the aim of promoting the ideals of interdependence and global citizenship through visual arts. Our works later expanded to using art for social action and activism and art for education.
Mission & Vision
The mission of the Hexagon Project is to spread the meaning of interdependence through school- and community-created hexagons. Themes of social justice, identity, peace and the environment are expressed, through the power of the arts, in an increasingly interconnected world.
The Hexagon Project endeavors to promote a sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity by emphasizing socio-cultural, political and economic interdependency and interconnectedness among the local, the national and the global. It seeks to provide opportunities for children, youth and adults to engage in critical inquiry through visual art and acquire the knowledge and understanding of local and global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different cultures and countries. It seeks to promote the shared values, responsibilities, empathy and respect for differences and diversity. It hopes to inspire individuals to act ethically and responsibly at local, national and global levels and contribute to a more sustainable and a peaceful global society.