March 27, 2017, PJHS, Port Jervis, NY - Students in Ms. Horst’s Drawing 1 Class have participated in a project that will leave memories for a lifetime. The assignment is called “The Memory Project”. The Memory Project is a charitable 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, violence, and extreme poverty.
The portraits are sent 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, this to be an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness. 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.
Project then provides our participating art teachers with
full-page color prints as well as digital copies of those
photos, along with plastic sleeves to protect the finished
portraits. Art teachers then work with their students to create
the portraits, and The Memory Project hand-delivers them to the
Finally, The Memory Project makes a video of each delivery to share with all of the art students and teachers involved. Since 2004 The Memory Project has delivered more than 90,000 portraits for children in 42 countries. Video link HERE>
Mrs. Horst has been involved in this project going on seven years. This year her drawing students and Mrs. Maloney’s participated to produce twenty two portraits which were delivered to Jordan. The portraits were from orphanages or refuge children who live the area. Our Port students were so excited to see the video from the delivery. They all had smiles on their faces and wanted to plan a field trip to Jordan to see the kids.
The following is a list of students who were involved.
For more about the Memory project, visit their website: www.memoryproject.org