March 17, 2017 | Boyd Buchanan School
Boyd Buchanan High School art students participated in The Memory Project this year for the third year in a row.
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, and extreme poverty.
“Teaching confidence and helping youth through art is very special, and our students see it as a privilege to be involved,” says Becky Brandt, Art Teacher at BBS High School.
To do this, the Memory Project receives photos of children and teens from global charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in a number of different countries every year.
The Memory Project then provides art teachers with full-page color prints as well as digital copies of those photos, along with plastic sleeves to protect the finished portraits. The art teachers then work with their students to create the portraits, and the Memory Project’s staff members hand-deliver them to their recipients.
“Part of our mission is to embrace life’s challenges with joy, courage and wisdom, and this project allows our students to demonstrate this mission to youth who need it most,” says Renee Hood, BBS High School Principal.
According to memoryproject.org, “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.
“This is one of the highlights of our year,” Brandt added.
To learn more, visit memoryproject.org.