Portrait Program 

- EST. 2004 -

Teacher Information

Give your high school art students a unique multicultural experience as they create portraits for children facing substantial challenges all over the world.

Get Started

It's simple! All you have to do is:


Check Ability Guidelines to make sure this program is right for your students.


Review information below including Program Costs


Email portraits@memoryproject.org or call 608-616-0327 to introduce yourself!

How it Works

You select a country

After you email us with interest, we will tell you about the children and countries we currently have involved. Each country has a different timeframe and you can tell us which fits your schedule.

We send you photos

​As soon as you're ready to begin, we will email you:

  • Digital photos of the children’s faces

  • An inspirational video about the children in your chosen country and other teacher resources 

You make portrait magic!

Using the children's pictures we provide as reference, your students create the portraits according to our Portrait Guidelines. Then, you mail us the finished artwork along with your financial contribution for the Program Costs.

We deliver to the children

We will deliver your portraits along with several thousand others destined for children in each country. We then create a short video montage of that entire, large-scale delivery to highlight the collective excitement that all the children in that country experienced together when they received their special gifts. See recent examples here: Afghanistan 2019Syria 2019Philippines 2019


If you'd like us to acknowledge your students and art program further, see what else we can do together


Program Costs

We request a contribution of $15 per student, which is our only source of funding.


If you work at a low-income school or your class cannot afford the full contribution for any reason, please let us know. Our goal is to include as many young artists as possible regardless of finances.

Still have questions?

Check out our FAQ

Teachers and students talk about participating in the Portrait Program
Teacher/Student Video about Portrait Program

"You cannot imagine how excited my students are to be participating in this project. For students to realize that their artwork can make a difference is an invaluable lesson."

- Debra Burger, NY

"Our students said this was one of the most moving experiences they have ever had, and one that they will always remember about high school."

- Tom Steward, WI

"This project is a wonderful opportunity to bring a new level of ownership and compassion to your students’ work. It also brings positive attention and support to the art department from the school and community."

- Heather Vitticore, NY


We are dedicated to protecting the privacy of the young people involved in this program. We do not share details regarding any child’s identity or location with any person who is not a Memory Project staff memberThough you may share photos of artwork online, we ask that you not post any photos of the actual children.


View our full privacy policy here


"I can truly say this was one of the highlights of my teaching career. Thank you for allowing our students to become involved in this incredible global sharing. They will carry this experience with them for a lifetime."

Zita Hudnut, NJ

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