“The Memory Project” is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. Over the past four years, Drawing and Printmaking and NAHS students have created over 200 portraits for children in Madagascar, the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Jordan, Puerto Rico, and the Rohingya in Rakhine.
This year, students at OHHS will be creating portraits for 45 portraits for Nigerian Children. Nigeria is a country located on the western coast of Africa with a bustling economy and geography as diverse as its people. It is home to over 250 ethnic groups with over 500 languages and a variety of customs and traditions. Since 2014, over 2.4 million Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, living far away from home in fear of the next attack and kidnapping by the terrorist organization. Now, they suffer from additional destruction and displacement caused by warring factions of herders and farmers as they battle over resources, land, and religion.
Still, Nigerian children hope for a safe present and a better future. The portraits the students make for the school children in Nigeria will remind each child of their own strength and beauty; it will show them that someone living far away is paying attention to the challenges that they face. The ultimate goal of the project is to create portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. The project also provides an opportunity for students to practice kindness and global awareness.
“The Memory Project” portraits are created by students enrolled in the Drawing and Printmaking course (grades 9-12). Below are images of the OHHS Drawing and Printmaking students selecting their Nigerian child:
OHHS Art and Design student, Justin Crofoot, recently received an award for his artistic accomplishment at the VSAO’s Accessible Expressions 2019 art show’s “Day of the Arts for All” ceremony. Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities.
Congratulations to Justin for this achievement for the beautiful work he created!
This past weekend, Abigail Miller won first place at 2019 Harvest Home Fair in the student Ceramics category for her coil vessel titled Whirlpool. Abigail competed against local students ranging in ages up to 17 years old in the category. Abigail’s coil vessel is also among the OHHS Art and Design students artworks selected to be published in the Summer 2019 edition of Celebrating Art.
“Celebrating Art” is devoted to the promotion and appreciation of student art. The intent of their student art contest is to motivate student artists. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative works of today’s student artists. Students recently submitted work and 20 OHHS Art and Design were invited to be published in the Summer 2019 “Celebrating Art”! Only the best art is selected to be included in the full-color hardbound art book, “Celebrating Art”. Additionally, final judging for “Top Ten Artist” and “High Merit Artist” awards will be completed and announced soon. The following students should feel honored. This is not a contest where every entry is invited to be published and is a highly selective competition. Thousands of entries were not invited to be published. Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from students.
Congratulations to the following students:
From Dignan-Cummins’ Sculpture; Fiber Arts; Ceramics; and Enamels, Mosaics and Glass classes:
From Schorsch’s Drawing and Printmaking; Studio Art AP 2D Design; and Studio Art AP Drawing classes: