By Lauren Little and Jasmine Gomez
This year 2017, Mrs. Bowers (the art teacher) has allowed us students to participate and witness a life changing experience. This is a nonprofit Memory Project that is focusing on changing the lives of children who have been neglected, abused, or who are orphans with the use of artwork. The Memory Project is painted portraits by students all around the United States of the disadvantaged children to help them feel both valued and important. Students who participate in this project also want the less fortunate to know that people care about their happiness. The website states, “For the art students, we want this to be an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness.”-memoryproject.org. Our school thinks that’s a great idea for our students to really recognize and participate in something that is bettering people’s lives other than themselves. In order for the Art class to pursue this project, they receive photos of children from global charities. The website also mentions, “ That they provide 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. The art teachers then work with their students to create the portraits, and we hand-deliver them to the kids. The program always tries to have several different portraits for each child, created by different art students that are based on different poses.”-memoryproject.org. Then they produce a video of each delivery so that the students know what they are involved in. This project came out in 2004, and since then they have created more than 90,000 portraits for children, and more than 90,000 happy faces. Today, January 18, 2017, I, Lauren Little and my friend Jasmine Gomez had the opportunity to interview the art teacher Mrs. Bowers to get her viewpoint on this project.
Interview with Mrs. Bowers:
“How long have you been pursuing this project?”
Mrs. Bowers: “We’ve been doing this project for about five years.”
“What kind of people are your students providing this project for and why?”
Mrs. Bowers: “The point of this project is to support young children who are orphans or disadvantaged.”
“Who has participated in this project?”
Mrs. Bowers: “High schoolers, and those who have already graduated. Plus the students now in the United States, and myself included.”
“How do the kids receive the paintings and how do we get the videos?”
Mrs. Bowers: “The group who is in charge of this project personally delivers their portrait to the children. During that time they video tape the children’s excitement and upload it on the website in which you can view : @memoryproject.org”
“Why do you, yourself, participate in this project and why is it so important to you?”
Mrs. Bowers: “It’s one of my favorite things to do, and I love the children’s happy facial expressions; the feeling is just so rewarding.”
Mrs. Bowers mentioned if you are interested in participating in the project, come see her. She also asks for any donations to donate to the the Art Club to support this amazing project to change the children’s lives.
“A school project that they will always remember” – NBC New York.