Local art students have joined the Memory Project, a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art students to donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Given that youth in such situations usually have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide them with meaningful mementos of their childhood. The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills.
The Memory Project is headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. Since the project began in 2004, more than 100,000 American art students have created portraits for children in 44 countries.
ESC Gifted Services Coordinator, Sharee Price, has coordinated this project locally for the past 11 years and in that time students have created over 250 portraits for children living in Guatemala, Burma, Uganda, Indonesia, Ecuador, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Madagascar and Syria. The video lists the names and schools of our participants and shows video of some of the children in Syria receiving their portraits.