The Fourth Grade Project

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The Fourth Grade Project

July 19, 2019 - September 1, 2019


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This summer, Pentimenti Gallery presents a solo exhibition by JUDY GELLES.

Fourth grade is a turning point in children’s lives. They are able to think critically and consider relationships to be very important. They are socially conscious, interested in helping others, and openly curious about the world. It is a moment in children’s development when worldviews start to become entrenched and paths for the future start to become more set. The stories from The Fourth Grade Project have the power to transform students’ worldviews. Understanding others’ hopes and fears will foster a greater commitment to global understanding, empathy and acceptance.

The Fourth Grade Project began as a fine art project and has since evolved into a social justice initiative with the goal of providing a digital, interactive curriculum for educators to use in classrooms around the world. The project is currently being piloted in Philadelphia schools.

Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?

Judy Gelles began the Fourth Grade Project from a prototype born during her volunteer work at an under-served Philadelphia school not far from where she lived. Over the past decade she has interviewed and photographed over 300 fourth grade students from the USA, China, Dubai, England, India, Israel, Italy, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, South Africa, and South Korea. By asking these students the exact same 3 questions, she allows their answers to become part of her art along with her intriguing photographs. Without seeing the face of these children, who are photographed from behind, we can hear their voices through their answers to these questions that frame their body in the image along with economies of gesture that speak as loudly as their words. Told in their own words, their stories touch on common human experiences and urgent social issues.

By supporting this project you will help create among many things:
an interactive resource for teachers
an expansion of the project documenting additional schools around the world
an increase in empathy and understanding in the classroom

For more information and to donate to The Fourth Grade Project, please visit

The Fourth Grade Project is a project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, a charitable 501(c)(3) trust supporting diverse cultural practices in the Philadelphia region. Your individual and corporate donations are tax deductible.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri and Sat 11am-11pm.


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