For their final project, Kristen Parker’s Drawing and Painting 2 class took on the challenge of creating “Portraits of Kindness.” Parker partnered with The Memory Project, a non-profit 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.” The goal is to bring beauty to the lives of children who may otherwise have a hard time seeing beauty in their world or in themselves, with the hope that these portraits will help them to feel valued and important, and to know that others around the world care about their well-being.
This class committed to making 29 portraits for children in Afghanistan. Parker said that she was particularly impressed with how seriously the students took the work, knowing that it would be a treasured gift for a real child out in the world. Below are some of the finished portraits.
If you or an artist you know would like to get involved with The Memory Project, please visit their website. https://www.memoryproject.org/