The Empathy Project

Posted by Rebecca Moore - 28 April, 2017

Since 2008, Upper School art students have participated in the Memory Project, creating portraits for children around the world who are living in transitory situations. This year, our students created portraits for children in orphanages and refugee camps in Syria.

“While we refer to this as the Memory Project, to me it is all about empathy," says Ryan Liese, Head of Upper School. "Our students take such great care in the creation of these portraits, trying to capture each emotion present on their subject’s face. Our students want each of the children to receive a beautiful work of art which shows that someone who doesn’t even know them, and who they will likely never meet, took the time to see them and value them as a person.”

This film, created by the Memory Project, shows the portraits being made at Randolph and delivered in Syria.

Ben Schumaker, founder of the Memory Project, visited Randolph in 2012, to speak about how he came up with the idea and why he thinks portraiture is a powerful way for young people to connect. Money raised by a school’s participation in the Memory Project is given to the organizations where the children live or go to school.

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Topics: art, Arts, empathy, Memory Project, service


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