Often, the stories we hear about the United States (US) and the Middle East are full of tension. However, students and teachers in the US are working to change this narrative. Through the Memory Project, art teachers in the US receive photos of children from around the world who have faced substantial challenges. The teachers work with their students to create portraits of the youth, either through painting, drawing, or other forms of media. The portraits are then hand-delivered when finished. The joy that is expressed by the recipients is priceless. In 2017, 3,000 students in the US created portraits for Syrian children living in a refugee camp.


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  • Penny

    Brought me to tears. So beautiful. If only we could all do this. Start today.

  • Elizabeth Maria Jones

    Friendship over fear

  • geetha vaidy

    when we can share like these children why do we fight?

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    I saw beautiful faces. Human faces <3

  • Deepak

    Thank you . Children symbolize joy, hope and understanding whichever part of this world they are in .

  • Kay

    May there be peace on earth! Lovely!

  • JaneB

    I was so touched by the little one with two front teeth missing. We are all one.....

  • Jane

    May the connections of these incredible young people and teachers, across the divide of cultures, life experiences and thousands of miles, be an example to all of us that we share the same humanity. The smiles in this video are contagious! Many thanks to The Memory Project and Karma Tube.

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  • Learn about the Memory Project and how you can get involved.
  • Learn about the importance of art in schools and work to advocate to keep it funded.
  • Volunteer with your local school's art program to see how to use art to make a difference. 

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