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High school students make global connections through art

April 2, 2018 -- For the third 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 9-12 in art teacher Donna de Monte classes at Marcellus High School received photographs of five children living in difficult conditions in the Philippines and five Syrian children living in refugee camps and used them to create portraits of the children.

In a note to Marcellus school administrators, Memory Project Communication Director Ryan Egan said the children “tremendously” enjoyed receiving the portraits.

“I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that your school’s art department has provided them with personal gifts to last a lifetime,” Egan said.

The videos below capture the artists at work and, later, their subjects receiving their portraits on the other side of the world. Enjoy!

Click here to learn more about the Memory Project.


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