The Memory Project: Art, Creativity, and More

How can a photograph be transformed into a work of kindness? Sometimes, when it becomes a portrait.

This is a time of year when many of us try to think about doing good. Perhaps that is why I was so intrigued to learn about the Memory Project—a chance to be creative, raise awareness, and do good, all at the same time. Here’s how they describe their work.

The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents.

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 receives photographs from global charities, then works with art teachers to have the photographs transformed into portraits to be shared with young people around the world. Take a look.

Working with the Memory Project has a cost. It costs $15 per photo to manage the coordination and delivery. In some schools only a few students participate, in others fund raising allows for larger group efforts. If you’d like to learn more, go to the Memory Project website for details and FAQs. If you participate, I’d love to hear about your experiences.

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