Portrait Program

- EST. 2004 -

We invite high school art students to cultivate global kindness by creating portraits as special gifts for children around the world. These portraits help the children feel valued and important, show them that many people care about their wellbeing, and provide them with a special childhood memory for the future. Since 2004 we have coordinated the delivery of 160,000+ portraits to children in 55 countries.

The Process

Each year we partner with different charities around the world to create portraits for new children. The charities send us photos of their children and we distribute those photos to our participating high school art teachers. The art teachers then work with their students to create one-of-a-kind portraits for every child. Finally, the art teachers send all of the finished portraits to us, and we deliver them to the children.


The Children

Every child who receives a portrait has a different story. Some live in refugee camps, others have lost their families, and others live in severe poverty. One thing all children in our program have in common is that they are either facing or overcoming difficult challenges, and they inspire us with their courage and resilience. Creating portraits for them is our artistic way of showing support and honoring their strength. We also place a special emphasis on creating portraits for children in countries that have tension with the United States as a gesture of peace and friendship.

"This is the most meaningful, important and valuable project I have ever worked on with my students."

Kellye Markowski, Art Teacher

High School Art Teachers

Are you a high school art teacher interested in involving your students in our Portrait Program? We'd love to work with you! 

The Memory Project
2163 N. Gateway St.
Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 616-0317

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2004. EIN: 20-1802885

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