Advanced 2D Art Students Partner With 'The Memory Project'

For the second year, the Advanced 2D art students have partnered with a humanitarian organization, the Memory Project. This year the students have been working on creating portraits of children who live in Pakistan. In December, the original works of art will be mailed to the Memory Project headquarters where a volunteer will hand deliver them to the children portrayed in the works of art. The Pakistan outreach is the newest addition to the Memory Project organization and their primary goal is to connect people from two countries who typically view each other negatively. With each generation we hope for an even better future. Simple acts of kindness, reaching out across oceans, and providing a work of art may be just the start needed to build relations between two countries in future generations.

Humanitarian outreach happens in many different ways; through missions, monetary donations, medical aid, and sometimes through creating a one of a kind work of art for a child who is facing many obstacles. The portraits will be on display outside of Austin Chapel until December, 2.

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From the Memory Project website, “The Memory Project is a charitable organization that invites art teachers, art students, and solo artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. Our participants create these portraits to help children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to provide a special childhood memory in the future. Since 2004 we have created more than 160,000 portraits for children in 49 countries.”

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