Six HGP students participate in the Memory Project
Six HGP artists have participated in the Memory Project during the fall of 2017. The Memory Project is a national program where American high school artists create portraits of orphans from developing counties.
This past fall, Anthony Baum, Owen Yake, Patrick Oniate, Chris Aileo, Jake Lawall and Graham Gibbs created portraits of children from war-torn Syria. The drawings are done in the medium of choice of the artists. These include graphite, pastel, and charcoal. Of the five million people who managed to leave Syria, 500,000 currently reside in refugee camps and 200,000 of those are under the age of 20.
The Memory Project leaves the children with a positive memory of their childhood and honors their culture and heritage. The artists, in turn, learn empathy. HGP artists usually come to refer to the children by name while in the process of making the drawings.
The drawings will be delivered to the children in March.