TVHS Art students create lasting memories for Russian children

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. 

The Memory 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, neglectand 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 lasting gift.

“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

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