Countries in the

Former USSR 

Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for children in former USSR countries!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 


Often times, when we hear about Russia and other former USSR countries in the news, we only hear about the tensions between us. Less often do we hear the individual, human stories about the people who live there--the families, friends, loved ones, and children just like us, facing difficulties just like we do. When we delivered portraits to children facing social problems in Russia last year, many initially asked, "What do American people think about us?" With all of the love, admiration, and understanding that went into each portrait, we answered. By using art as a language to communicate friendship, you can help to build peace with  youth in countries in the former USSR in a way that governments can't.

Helpful Links


Here are the 25 Best Things to Do in Russia According to this article by VacationIdea. 

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This timeline of US-Russian relations by ThoughtCo outlines major events affecting the relationship between Russia and the US since 1922.


This 2017 Report by Human Rights Watch examines how russia has handled certain human rights issues. 


Take a look at some of the most mouthwatering dishes coming out of Russia in this article from Thrillist.

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This Hike Bike Travel article highlights some fun and interesting facts about Russia.

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The Guardian requested and compiled reader-sourced photos for this gallery to help describe daily life in Russia through pictures.

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