SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2014

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T he Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for abandoned, orphaned, and neglected children and teens around the world. We provide photographs of these children's faces, art students cre- ate the portraits, and we deliver them back to the children. Given that the youth who have their portraits taken for the Memory Project tend to have few personal keepsakes, the portraits aim to serve as special memories that capture a piece of their childhood—portable pieces of their personal history. When the finished portraits are delivered, we take photos and video of the children receiving them. This way, the students who were involved in creating the portraits get to see the real results of their involvement in the Memory Project. F O C U S I N : O R G A N I Z A T I O N U P D A T E S Ten Years of Memories In September 2014 the Memory Proj- ect turned ten years old. Over the past decade, art students from all fifty states (and from other countries) have created more than 65,000 portraits for disadvantaged chil- dren and teens around the world. Many of the youth who received por- traits as teenagers in the early days of the project are now in their twen- ties, living on their own, and have the portraits hanging on the walls of their homes. How to Participate Participation in the Memory Project is open to art students of all abilities throughout each school year on virtu- ally any time line. The vast majority of our participants are high-school students who draw, paint, digitally create, or assemble their portraits. Beginner students are welcome to cre- ate "collage portraits" by cutting out an enlarged photo of the child's face and putting artistic effort into the space sur- rounding the cutout. (See memoryproject. org/collage for exam- ples.) The entire project is funded by participation fees of $15 per student, and students from low-income schools are eligible for fee waivers. Ben Schumaker is the founder and direc- tor of the Memory Project. ben@ memory- For more information about partici- pating in the Memory Project, visit . The portraits serve as special memories that capture a piece of each participant's childhood. oject Ben Schumaker 14 December 2014 SchoolArts Page sponsored by:

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