Creating Art for Challenged Youth Around the World
For a second year, Mrs. Cochran’s art students and Art Club used their artistic gifts and talents to help children through an organization called The Memory Project. The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, extreme poverty and war.
The portraits 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 us, this is an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness.
We received photos of children and teens from global charities operating orphanages, schools, and care centers in Bolivia, Columbia, Syria, Jordan and the Ukraine and created the portraits in a variety of mediums. We received a video of each delivery and get to see the excitement and joy on the faces of the children. Those who participated at The Mount not only created 36 beautiful portraits, but raise over $500 which was used to purchase art supplies for the children.
We hope you enjoy the video of small clips from a few of the countries that received our photos.
See the video compilation here.