St. Louis Catholic’s Art II Students participated in the Memory Project  for the third year in a row, painting extremely impoverished children in Nigeria.  Students learned about the culture, geography and politics all contributing to their displacement, and worked for almost a month practicing and painting a final draft of each student’s “child.”  They knew them by name and talked about them like they are friends!
Click HERE to watch the video of the children receiving the portraits!  (WARNING – Tissues may be needed!)
Here’s the e-mail the class received after delivering our portraits to the kids:
Dear Ms. Robertson and Artists,
 
I’m so pleased to let you know that the portraits you created were delivered to the children in Nigeria, and they absolutely loved them!  As you will see in the following video, the children were so excited to receive your artwork and very touched by your efforts.  They fully understood that creating the portraits was a way to show them how much you care about their well-being and their future.
 
Your students may be interested to know that they were joined in this effort by over three thousand young artists.  Therefore, rather than focusing on any portraits individually, the purpose of this video is to share the collective joy and excitement of all the children together.  We hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for helping us build international friendship through the arts.  It is our true privilege to do this work with you, and we very much hope to have that privilege again.
 
Gratefully,
 
The Memory Project Team
Our students truly shared in the joy of knowing we touched another person’s life through simply using our time and talents.  It was an invaluable experience for all.  Click HERE to view all the final portraits!