On January 18th,
the Art II class at Tanque Verde High School, and their teacher, Ms. Emily
Dobson, welcomed Ryan Egan, a part-time staff member for the Memory Project to
their classroom. Egan, a former Tanque Verde district student, joined the
Memory Project after his college friend created the charitable nonprofit program.
Project provides opportunities for art teachers and their students “to create and donate portraits for less
fortunate youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence,
disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents,” according to their website.
Together with the TVHS National
Art Honor Society (NAHS), students in the Art II class are sponsoring a project
in which they will be creating portraits of children from Russia. They hope to
give these less-fortunate children a handmade portrait of themselves as a
“While creating the portraits,” Ms. Dobson remarked, “my students have learned to see the children as relatable and similar to themselves, even though they will never meet.”
Later in the year, the
students will be able to watch a video of the Russian children receiving the
art work and expressing their appreciation to the students who created the
portraits for them.
There is a nominal fee to
participate in the project, which NAHS has been sponsoring through fundraisers
and donations. Any assistance would be appreciated. Donations may be made to Tanque
Verde High School, in care of TVHS NAHS.
For more information on
the Memory Project, please visit https://memoryproject.org/.