The Memory Box Project
Our students are spreading joy and kindness to Afghanistan through artwork.
Westminster Schools of Augusta's Upper School art students have recently had an amazing opportunity to participate in The Memory Project. This project invites young artists from around the world to create portraits as special gifts for children facing significant challenges. With the mission of spreading joy, kindness and peace. The Memory Project is an artistic way of showing support and honoring the strength of children who may live in refugee camps, have lost their families or live in severe poverty.
Last spring, students in Mrs. Hornsby's art class received photos of children from Afghanistan and worked tirelessly to create beautiful portraits to send to the children in this war-torn country. In June, the portraits were set to be delivered to Afghanistan but traveling the routes at this time was too dangerous. Finally in late August, by using a small plane to fly over the area stricken by violence, The Memory Project was able to get the portraits into the hands of some very thankful children. Over 2,600 portraits from artists around the world, including those from Westminster Schools of Augusta, were paired with the children that they depicted. The children were ecstatic to receive their portraits!
We recently received an email from The Memory Project with a video that thanks us for our participation and wonderful footage of the Afghan children enjoying their portraits. Take a look at the recap of the project at https://youtu.be/j7HJmiiP3H4.
It is truly a blessing for our students to be able to use their God-given talents to spread joy and kindness across the globe. As we embrace the theme of unconditional love this year at Westminster, we are reminded through acts like this that Jesus calls on us to love one another as he has loved us. We are so thankful to have been a part of this project and pray that artists around the world will continue to be inspired by kindness and keep spreading love through artwork. Without the support of Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA), our students would not have been able to participate in this project. Thank you, FOFA!