The Memory Project: 
Portraits of Syrian Refugee Children

       Art Teacher: Janna DeWan  
To view the video about the project,
click here.
Good morning!  I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to show you this video.  In the fall semester, my two art fundamentals classes teamed up with an organization called The Memory Project, which invites young artists to create portraits as gifts for children facing challenges around the world.  We received 32 portraits of children in Syria, children who are growing up in refugee camps with no experience of life outside a barbed wire fence. Once we completed the portraits, they were sent to the children in Syria.  

So why did we do this project?  Allie Lynch said, “It’s an opportunity to connect with children in an alternative and creative way.  The children’s exuberant reactions when they see the portraits really illustrate how powerful art can be.”  John O’Connor said, “This project is a way of communicating through art with people whom we normally wouldn’t be associated.  It is important to let people know that they are important and that painting a picture of them is worth our time.”  

I am so incredibly proud of the artwork my students put into this project.  The video you are about to watch will show their finished paintings, and then show the children in Syria receiving them.  Please enjoy!     
                                                                                                Janna DeWan

To go to the portrait gallery, click here.
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