Junior Alisa Thane poses with her drawing from past years project.
Junior Alisa Thane poses with her drawing from past years project.
Photo by Rebecca Harrison

Art Club Participates in Memory Project

The Art Club will participate in the The Memory Project for 2022.  Started in 2004, the program provides handmade, heartfelt portraits as special memories to children around the world.   The artwork will be sent in October and December.

“This is a goodwill mission to help build up the future generation of people in our world,” art teacher Rebecca Harrison said. “So many of the children that we will create artwork for are from war-torn countries who are acquainted with issues that most of our students never face.”

The Memory Project is a humanitarian organization that creates art pieces and sends them to children and teens from countries facing challenging times. This year the art pieces will be going out to children in Ukraine and Nigeria.

“I’ve been participating in the art memory project since my freshman year,” junior Julia Montgomery said. “It’s incomprehensible to me that the portraits I’m drawing, which don’t seem like such a big deal when you’re just looking in, have the power to impact a kid somewhere else in the world in such a positive way.”

This is their fifth year and their eighth time to participate in this project. There are 21 artists participating this year who are creating 29 pieces of artwork, portraits, and inspirational pieces. 

“I’m very happy that I have the opportunity to share what I can do with them,” Montgomery said. “It brings me great joy to know that they’ll appreciate it for years to come.”

The organization asks for a $15 donation per artwork to help coordinate and deliver the photos of the children and the portraits created by the artists.

“I hope that this project not only benefits the students we draw but brings awareness to our students who can count their blessings,” Harrison said. “I hope that the students who receive the portraits love and cherish them as a gift from our artists.”

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