The Memory Project is a 501 nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits of youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and poverty. Representatives from the Memory Project deliver the portraits to the students and make a video of them during the trip to share with student artists back in the United States.
This year, the National Art Honor Society had 15 participating artists create portraits for students in Haiti. These children live near Les Cayes, the region that suffered the greatest damage during the 2016 Hurricane Matthew. Many of the children are still living in temporary tent shelters while their families work to build more permanent homes.
The contributing artists from the Saint John’s Chapter of the National Art Honor Society are Annette Bernier, Nathan Brenengen, Julie Brisbane, Maddi Cummings, Haley Frazier, Maggie Galloway, Anna Klienhanzl, Leah Li, Brian Murphy, Brigit Rogers, Morgan Ryczko, Amelia Scherer, Ali Trdina, Lydia Urban, and Cheyenne Villarosa.