Marcellus students reach out to Middle Eastern refugees, orphans through art
April 4, 2017 -- For the second year in a row, Marcellus High School artists have learned about making connections through art by participating in the Memory Project, a nonprofit organization that uses art to build a bridge between American art students and children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents and extreme poverty.
This year, students in grades 10-12 in art teachers Donna de Monte and Tara Charles' classes at Marcellus High School received photographs of Syrian and Jordanian children living in orphanages and refugee camps and then used them to create portraits of the children.
"These kids have been displaced from their homes and their belongings. This portrait is something that is theirs to keep," student Becca Searle said.
"Looking at the portrait I was curious as to what she was feeling,” student Carolyn Wright said about her subject. “She looks like she has been through a lot. This project has helped me realize that it is not just us in the world to be concerned about.”
The video below captures the artists at work and, later, their subjects receiving their portraits on the other side of the world.