Freedom by Nicole Kwan

One City, One Story 2015 “My Family Story” Art Contest

Category:  Middle School (Grade 4-8)

2nd place

Nicole Kwan, grade 5


Paint, glitter


This piece is striking in color.  The juxtaposition of the shackles against the flag with the glittery waters of earth represent both a dark and magical view of America.  Not everyone’s story is the same. There is a dark history there that can’t be forgotten.  This is a great piece for discussion.  What does it mean to be an American?  Is everyone free and equal?



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Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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