THE GOLDEN RULE PROJECT
The Golden Rule Project was begun in November 2003. The initial aim of the project was to place the Golden Rule in middle schools and high schools in the local community in a manner that would attract the attention of the students and encourage consideration of the Golden Rule. As a result, a Golden Rule document was created as a work of art. It consists of sixteen golden rule formulations taken from different cultures, philosophies and teachings placed on a two-page, framed diptych. Each page measures 21" x 13" (Golden Mean proportions) and was hand-printed on letterpress by Marnie Powers-Torrey and Jennifer Sorensen of the University of Utah Book Arts Program on hand-marbled Rives BFK paper. In addition, various local artists in the community contributed their time and talents to illuminate these diptychs to create unique works of art for each recipient school. For examples of the illuminated Golden Rule diptychs see "Illuminations" below and click where directed.
In order to reach a broader audience encompassing the younger, elementary school age children, we recently completed the first of three planned broadsides specifically designed for this student population. The broadside highlights a single formulation, in a larger, more legible font, with an illustration that facilitates further individualization by allowing students to add their own color and/or drawings. Claire Taylor was the artist for this broadside. An artist's biography follows:
Claire Taylor is a student at the University of Utah. She is an art major with a printmaking emphasis. She works at the Book Arts Studio in the J. Williard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, where this (elementary school broadside) was drawn, and then printed by Marnie Powers-Torrey. Claire Taylor has been attracted to artistic creativity since she was a small child. Most of her images involve depictions of animals.
She has participated in many print exchanges and exhibitions, including “Inadvertently,” shown at the Kayo Gallery, the miniprint series shown at The Women’s Art Center and at the Gittens Gallery, all in Salt Lake City. Claire recently had a solo show of her “King Pirate Dog” print series at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah , for which she received an Undergraduate Research Grant to complete. These prints were also included in the show “3 Print Exchanges” at the Gittens Gallery. Her book, Intellect, was included in “Art of the Book: Work by Utah Book Artists” at the downtown Salt Lake City public library in June 2004.
Our thanks to Claire for her contribution of time and talent to our project. We know the students will respond to her illustration and the accompanying Golden Rule formulation.
PACKET/RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS
A packet containing all of the golden rule formulations as well as additional resources accompanies the golden rule broadsides donated to the various schools. This packet can now be downloaded should you desire your own copy. Click here to obtain your copy.
A Golden Rule Poster is now available for purchase. Click here for additional details.
THE SIXTEEN FORMULATIONS
Sixteen formulations of the Golden Rule were carefully selected for the first edition of diptychs produced. To view the formulations click here.
During the initial stages of our research into the universality of the Golden Rule, we uncovered 108 different formulations. To view the entire list click here.
THE ARTISTS (thus far):
A number of artists agreed to participate in this project, donating their time and talent gratis to further individualize each Golden Rule document. Some of the artists were affiliated with certain schools and thus requested their pieces be donated to those designated schools. For more information on the contributing artists click here.
To view the illuminations, click here.
GOLDEN RULE PLACEMENT
To view where the Golden Rule has been placed,
Presently we are working on a Spanish-language translation of the original document to acknowledge the largest minority group in our community. We are also engaged in the design of a Golden Rule document targeted at the elementary school level. This document will be much simpler, with larger type and illustrated in a manner that will attract younger eyes.
STORIES & RESPONSES
For more information or to make a donation, contact:
Stephen Seko at 801.364.8284 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Bonnie Phillips at 801.364.8284 or via e-mail at email@example.com
Several organizations have contributed their time and resources during the initial phase of our Golden Rule Project. We would like to gratefully acknowledge their contribution to the creation and distribution of The Golden Rule Diptych. They include:
The Midvale Boys & Girls ClubThe University of Utah Book Arts Program
The Utah Arts Council
The Utah Humanities Council
In particular, we would like to thank the following individuals: