I’m really happy to tell you guys about the Memory Project (thanks to Jeremy for the invite!). I started this project in 2004 and it’s been a full-time pursuit ever since 2006. Basically it’s a school-based program in which art students (mostly high school level, though all levels are welcome) create portraits (drawings, paintings, digital art, etc.) for children and teens around the world who have been orphaned, neglected or disadvantaged.
To do this, the art students receive photos of kids who would like to receive portraits, and then they work from those photos to create the portraits. We deliver the portraits to the kids as gifts. Our aim is to inspire caring, global friendship and a positive sense of self.
Probably the best way to communicate all this is just to show you a little video clip. Here you will see me delivering portraits to kids at a few orphanages in India. I made this (utterly amateur) video for the art students who created the portraits, but hopefully it can put a smile on your sweet mug as well.
If any of you would like to support or be involved in the effort, please don’t hesitate to contact me.