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Students in Haviland Hage’s art classes at Christopher High School and Mt. Madonna Continuation High School have recently completed portraits of children living in Afghanistan as part of The Memory Project. The Memory Project is a charitable, non-profit 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. Students create these portraits to help these 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.
Art students from CHS and MMHS were assigned photos of children from Afghanistan. Few countries on Earth have experienced as much turmoil and tragedy as Afghanistan in recent decades, and that trend is continuing with the resurgence of the Taliban. This project is seen as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for children in Afghanistan to see themselves portrayed as works of art. 45 students from Mt. Madonna and Christopher High Schools have submitted portraits to the project, as has their teacher, Haviland Hage. “I hope that our participation in The Memory Project serves two purposes: that my students understand that they can impact our world using their artistic talents, and that the children who receive the portraits we have drawn show them that people across the world care about them and their well-being. We are all a part of something bigger than we can imagine and it is our job, as global citizens, to take care of each other.”
Participating artists worldwide created almost 30,000 portraits in the 2018-19 school year. More than 160,000 portraits of children in 47 countries have been distributed since the beginning of The Memory Project.