D211 Post: Hoffman Estates High School Students Paint Portraits for Memory Project
For five years, art students at Hoffman Estates High School have participated in a unique art project. Each year the students take part in The Memory Project which invites art teachers and students to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children
around the world who have faced substantial challenges.
Art Department Chair Juan Medina believes the project is a good way to help his students see beyond their own lives.
“I thought this would be a great opportunity to allow our students to look outside of themselves,” Medina said. “The teenage experience is one that’s full of angst and can be a very self-centered. The Memory Project gives our students an opportunity to create
something beautiful for someone they don’t know. It gets them to think globally and philanthropically”
Fellow Art Teacher Britney Thomas said that the Memory Project gives the students a tactile interaction with something that matters to the world community.
“This is impacting students and children in other countries who are suffering in ways that our students couldn’t imagine. Maybe they have to walk 10 miles to get water or they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. I think if our students can help these children, it helps both the student painting and the child receiving the gift to attain a sense of worth.”
Junior Ashley Cresson, bringing out positive aspects of the subject she paints is a way to help the students.
“Some of the subjects don’t look as happy or confident as others,” she said. “I like to bring out their brightness. I think this will help them realize that others are thinking of them and will help them a little.”