Author and Theologian Howard Thurman once said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Driven to do just that, Carla Stolte was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.
Stolte is the art specialist at Mount Royal School. In 2014 she oversaw a project for her students designed to help them think about the importance of community.
The premise behind her initiative, The Penny Project, was simple but in a profound way: students made use of the no-longer-circulating copper coins to create sculptures of what represents community to them.
Fifteen unique sculptures were the outcome of The Penny Project.
Beaming with confidence and emanating a sense of accomplishment, the elementary student artists partook in a VIP gala where their pieces were auctioned off. The student sculptures raised over $13,000 which was donated towards education for the children of low-income families.
The Penny Project was a harmonious collaboration between Stolte’s passion for arts and education. Stolte affirms, “The Penny Project has been one of the highlights of my career. It isn’t every day that an elementary art teacher has the opportunity to allow her students to shine in such an amazing and powerful way.”