SJCP Students in the National Art Honor Society participated in The Memory Project, a nonprofit organization that invites art students to create portraits of youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as neglect, abuse, loss of parent, violence and extreme poverty. This year the students received photographs of 12-year-old children, living in Malaysia.
Over the past decade, more than 175,000 people from ethnic and religious minorities--such as the Rohingya people from Myanmar--have landed in Malaysia with hopes of escaping violence and persecution. Though they have found safety in Malaysia, they do not have legal status or rights. They often live in impoverished pockets of large cities, earning money for food in any way they can. Their children are not entitled to education or healthcare. The Memory Project has partnered with a charity that runs a wonderful school for these children, offering them both education and hope.
After months of working on the portraits, the packages with their artwork and a message of kindness, respect, and encouragement were sent. Receiving the portraits is a truly unique gift that reminds the children how very special they are.
Mrs. Miller and the students recently received an email, that shared a video showing the excitement and thanks from the children.
Dear Ms. Miller and Artists,
I’m so pleased to let you know that the portraits you created were delivered to the children in Malaysia, and they absolutely loved them! As you will see in the following video, the children were so excited to receive your artwork and very touched by your efforts. They fully understood that creating the portraits was a way to show them how much you care about their well-being and their future.
Your students may be interested to know that they were joined in this effort by over three thousand young artists. Therefore, rather than focusing on any portraits individually, the purpose of this video is to share the collective joy and excitement of all the children together. We hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for helping us build international friendship through the arts. It is our true privilege to do this work with you, and we very much hope to have that privilege again.
The Memory Project
2163 N. Gateway St.
Middleton, WI 53562
Creating a kinder world through art