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Monday, August 2, 2010

The Memory Project - Memory Portraits

The Memory Project is sponsored by "My Class Cares", a nonprofit organization in Wisconsin that encourages students in advance 2-D art or computer art classes to create portraits (drawings, paintings, digital art, etc) for children in orphanages around the world.  Uganda, Guatemala, the Ukraine, and, this year, Thailand. 

To do this, the artists receive pictures of children who are waiting for portraits. The artists then create the portraits, and organization coordinates the delivery of the portraits to the children.

In the last few years, art students from the USA, UK, and Canada have created more than 25,000 portraits for children around the world.   7000 portraits were created this year.   Courtney and several of her classmates created portraits of children from orphanages in Thailand.  

Courtney's work, along with 9 other students, was chosen to be part of a national exhibition of Memory Portraits at the US Department of State, Truman Building Diplomacy Center, in Washington DC.  The exhibit was displayed from July 26 to 30, 2010.

On 7/28/2010, Courtney flew to DC to view the exhibit along with several others chosen, including her art teacher and high school principal. 

Once at the exhibit, the group was filmed and interviewed by the CBS Evening News. 

Upon arrival, Courtney and the others invited met at one of the State Department building entrances.  She went through security and receive a visitors badge.  

Introductions ... went to the Exhibit Hall ... viewed the exhibits ... CBS filmed the group and did individual  interviews ... had a guided tour of the acclaimed Diplomatic Reception Rooms in the State Department building ... etc.

The State Department was showing this exhibit as it symbolizes young Americans forming friendships with children in other countries.   What an experience for Courtney and the others selected.

Courtney will be going to NH Institute of Art (NHIA) this fall, pursuing her BFA in Illustration.

On August 2, 2010, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric did a story on The Memory Project.  Courtney's picture was shown in the lead up to the story.  She was also in the 2 minute story which featured the artists that drew the pictures.  Below is the hot link to the story.

You can go to  At the bottom of the page you will see a search box.  Type in Orphans And The Art of Diplomacy.  Courtney's drawing is the one shown.  Below is a link to the video.

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