Global Art Exchange
- EST. 2019 -
The Memory Project's Global Art Exchange is our new program for younger participants! In this one-to-one exchange American elementary and middle school students engage in artistic peacebuilding by exchanging handmade, heartfelt artwork with kids from countries that are culturally very different from the USA. Currently we are exchanging with youth from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Russia, and Nigeria.
The children on the other end of the exchange are from countries that we usually hear about only in headlines and that most children in the U.S. will never experience. By connecting children from different cultures in a heartfelt, personal way, the exchange means to humanize all sides and promote intercultural awareness. We want to show everyone involved that there are real, loving, wonderful children living in countries all over the world. Although we live in very different situations, we are all more alike than not.
We ask each foreign child to create a drawing or painting based on themes of happiness, peace, kindness, or friendship to share with a child in America. Then we match American students with these children abroad so that they can respond with their own meaningful creations. To make the exchange even more personal, every child writes their first name and age, attaches a photo, and a traces an outline of their hand on the back of their artwork. Once students in the US finish, we mail them the artwork from the children abroad. Then, we deliver their artwork to the children abroad to complete the exchange.
Elementary & Middle School Teachers
Are you an elementary or middle school teacher interested in involving your students in The Memory Project's Global Art Exchange? We'd love to work with you!