LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

It's a topic that's coming up more and more around our community: what is compassion?

The art department at UW-La Crosse is joining in on the conversation by holding workshops for people to express what compassion means to them.

Similar to the La Crosse School District, artists and non-artist are taking the concept of compassion and displaying it on 6 by 6 inch canvases.

The canvases will then be displayed throughout different departments on campus.

While everyone has their own idea of compassion, organizers of the campus project say they didn't realize how broad the meaning of compassion can be. "I think all of us need to think about how we can be more compassionate individuals, how we can show care about and can identify with other people and I found through this project people are doing that. They are talking about individual experiences they've had with connecting with other people and I think that's been amazing," said UW-L Art Professor Marcia Thompson.

There will be another session held on Wednesday, April 16th on campus from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., including a guest speaker from the La Crosse School District.