Memory Project Connects CDH Students to Youth Around the World

January 10, 2023

ARTISTS Top Row L-R: Sage Skally ’26, Paulina Hacket ’23, Patrick Domler ’23, Noah Gomez ’25, Nora Ahrendt ’26, Julia Haas ’25, Allysa Endomaruseh ’24 Bottom Row L-R: Catherine Stenberg ’26, Mary Musolf ’24, Grace Hire ’26, Delvin Tacheny ’25, Calla Massari ’24, Bryn McSherry ‘26

CDH Fine Arts students just finished this year’s portraits of Nigerian students for the “Memory Project” and they are heading off to Africa in the mail. 

The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty.

Ben Schumaker started the Memory Project in 2004 when he was a student at the University of Wisconsin. “I was passionate about connecting youth around the world through art to help build cultural understanding and international kindness.  Today I continue to be inspired by all of the art teachers and students who bring their own passions to these collaborative efforts.”

Sue Cranston, Art Teacher at CDH, has been doing this for 6 years. "Every year that I've been here, we have given our students the chance to do this." said Cranston. "It's a wonderful project!"

See the Memory Project Website for the latest videos of students receiving portraits.


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