“Portraits of Kindness” at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts

The OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students are exhibiting this year’s Memory Project portraits at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. The Memory Project exhibition showcases portraits created for the Rohingya refugee children before they are sent off for delivery by the organization. Compilation images of past portraits will be showcased as well to illustrate the OHHS students’ global impact through the works they’ve created as a part of The Memory Project, and hopefully inspire involvement from many more young artists.

The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Given that youth in such situations usually have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide them with meaningful mementos of their youth. The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills.

Over the past three years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created
over 140 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan. This year the NAHS students are creating 12 portraits for children in Puerto Rico and Columbia and Drawing and Printmaking students are creating 50 portraits
for children in Rohingya.

Some of the Drawing and Printmaking, and NAHS, students recently had the opportunity to visit their exhibition today at The Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Students reflected on their experience with creating this year’s Memory Project portraits which will be mailed out for delivery in January. “Portraits of Kindness” will be on exhibit throughout the month of December.

The exhibition can be viewed in the 1st floor Community Gallery from December 4th through the 31st.

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