Countries in the
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.