Making Memories
September 5, 2006 4:43 PM   Subscribe

The Memory Project enlists American high school art students to paint original portraits of children in orphanages around the world. The idea for the project came about in 2004 when a Guatemalan man who had grown up in an orphanage mentioned to founder (and then University of Wisconsin student) Ben Shumaker that "he could remember little of his early years and had nothing to help him fill in the gaps." The project connects American students with orphaned children around the world. CBS News' photo essay.
posted by ericb (9 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I saw this on the news earlier today - go Katie Couric!
posted by echo0720 at 5:07 PM on September 5, 2006

I love it love it love it! It's nice to see that Shumaker has really thought it through and isn't just giving them some tired old photo. A painted portrait says that time went into it, it was a personal affair. I think the children will tend to take more care with a portrait as well and it's excellent to see art students using their skills.
posted by Holy foxy moxie batman! at 5:10 PM on September 5, 2006

oh yeah, and an excellent idea, Mr. Shumaker
posted by echo0720 at 5:14 PM on September 5, 2006

In the past few weeks, I've read several comments lamenting the effects of YouTube-related posts on MetaFilter. Can a Katie Couric/CBS News thread be far behind?
posted by papoon at 5:29 PM on September 5, 2006

I saw this on the news earlier today

CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman's 'The Memory Project' segment can be viewed here.
posted by ericb at 5:43 PM on September 5, 2006

I love this boy.
posted by leapingsheep at 5:43 PM on September 5, 2006

Friends of the Orphans.
posted by ericb at 5:47 PM on September 5, 2006

so beautiful! thanks for posting it.
posted by owhydididoit at 6:18 PM on September 5, 2006

One of our art teachers participated this past year and we have been asked to have a go at it again this year. My digital art students are going to make digital portraits. I am thrilled.
posted by nimsey lou at 6:30 PM on September 5, 2006

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