Marcellus art students connect through art with Rohingya refugees
May 8, 2019 -- As part of the Memory Project, Marcellus High School art students this year worked on portraits of Rohingya refugees who have had to flee Myanmar due to religious persecution. Rohingyas are the minority Muslim population in a Buddhist country, and most have emigrated to Pakistan.
“The students worked long and hard on these, spending many hours outside of class to complete them by the deadline,” said art teacher Donna DeMonte, who also participated with fellow teacher Tara Charles in creating portraits of the Rohingya students’ teachers.
Marcellus student-artists not only created the artwork, but also raised all the money needed to ship it, Ms. DeMonte said.
The Memory Project is 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.
The video below captures the artists at work and, later, their subjects receiving their portraits on the other side of the world.