Sasebo students reach out to less fortunate through art
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published: May 26, 2016
Four EJ King Middle/High School students participated in the Memory Project, which 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.
The intent is for the portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. For the art students, the intention is for this to be an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness.
“I believe that art becomes more powerful when it finds a way to be shared outside of a school setting,” says Suzanne Sperl, an art teacher at EJ King. “Students realize the impact their voice, their work, and their expression can have on another person and it gives value and meaning to what they create.
“Sharing art in this manner, allows our students to take creative risks and stretch by trying something they may not have otherwise felt confident in doing and is a beautiful motivator for them to create from the heart,” she said.
The portraits will be delivered to the children later this summer but the value of creating them will remain with our artists forever.