CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Students from the Free Union Country School are using art as a way of working to break barriers with different communities.

Students held an exhibit opening at CitySpace on Friday, June 7, in hopes of highlighting the work of area activists working to make the community a better place.

Third graders at Free Union Country School met with change markers from Charlottesville and created art and work poems about their experiences.

Some of the people featured included Charlottesville activists Alex Zan, who’s part of the Charlottesville 12, and Zyahna Bryant, a recent Charlottesville High School graduate.

Organizers say the project gives these students a way to highlight work that’s being done in the community.

“You don't have to be a big famous person with a book written about you to make a difference,” Blair Amberly, an organizer of the event, said. “These are regular people that have devoted a lot of their time or their skills to help people and I want kids and other people to see that this is the community we live in."

Organizers say students also spent the last few months researching the area's history to help with the project.

If you couldn't make it out Friday to the exhibit opening, the students’ art will be on display through the end of the month.