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Like A Tree My Body Is…

Tuesday evening marked the 4th annual Love Your Tree Recognition Ceremony which culminated with an unveiling of the 2010 Love Your Tree poster. This year’s chosen artwork was created by Kiley Baker, a sophomore at Bel Air High School in Harford County, Maryland.

“Like a tree, my body is…Renewed”

Following the awards ceremony, an audience of very proud students, family members and art teachers, explored the entire exhibit of artwork created by over 130 students from middle schools, high schools and colleges across the state of Maryland. Inspired by and developed around Eve Ensler’s play The Good Body, the Love Your Tree poster campaign encourages students of all ages to create a poster in response to the phrase “Like a tree, my body is…”.  The goal of the campaign is to help participants, and all who view the exhibit, to appreciate the natural diversity of our bodies by promoting acceptance and celebration of beauty in many forms rather than prescribing to the narrow definition of beauty so often endorsed by the media.

The campaign capitalizes on body image research which demonstrates that individuals spending time creating positive body image messages for others, will be more likely to internalize and accept the positive statements themselves.  The exhibit, which has been on public display throughout the entire month of February has received many accolades from all who have viewed it.  Tuesday evening’s event was a wonderful example of a community of students, families and teachers  in Maryland coming together for a worthy cause – promoting positive self-esteem in our youth.  The exhibit even caught the attention of an ABC News crew!  Watch the news coverage of The Love Your Tree Campaign here.

You can also check out a gallery of pictures from the exhibit and the event on our Facebook Page!

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