A Seat at the Table
an art installation
On Tuesday, October 11, CSG unveiled over 400 uniquely designed folding chairs along the perimeter of our Main Campus in celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child. Titled A Seat at the Table, this public art installation features the work of all our students and showcases the issues about which they feel passionate.
For over 120 years, Columbus School for Girls has had a mission to empower girls to find their distinct potential as learners and leaders. Every girl, from our Program for Young Children through Upper School, has the opportunity to use her voice with confidence. This special project serves as a visual reminder of the importance of advocating for one's self and one's community no matter the challenges or setbacks.
To celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, each one of our students contributed to unique artistic displays on over 400 folding chairs, representing issues about which they feel passionate. The project was an opportunity for them to not only think critically about what they hold dear, but also the historical legacy of those women who have paved the way for them.
The inspiration for our folding chairs comes from former New York State Representative Shirley Chisholm and her famous quote, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
The diversity of chairs represent the diversity of ideas each CSG student brings to her table—here at school and later after she enters the larger world.