This year, thirteen members of GD’s Art Club and National Art Honor Society participated in the Memory Project, a nonprofit organization created and directed by Ben Schumaker. The Memory Project invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for children and teens around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. Upon receiving photographs of thirteen children from charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in Bolivia, students created portraits of the children using several different media, including pencils, watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. Then, the portraits were sent back to the Memory Project, where they were hand-delivered to the children.
From the Memory Project website: “We want the portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. For the art students, we want this to be an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness.”
The Memory Project has created more than more than 80,000 portraits for children in 35 countries since 2004.
The students who participated are Haley Ashburn, Cloe Bridge, Kersten Danti, Abigail Harris, Kiley Lawton, Lily McCusker, Pamela Marino, Saya Norton, Serena Scharn, Jordan Sweenie, Matthew Suchecki, Britney Ward, and Jiayue Emma Xing.
The Memory Project website: https://memoryproject.org/