The Memory Project
Thomas Jefferson Academy National Art Honor Society Members have the opportunity to participate in a unique outreach program called "The Memory Project". The students receive a picture of a child somewhere in the world and they, in turn, create a special portrait of the child. For the 2020-2021 school year, our students created portraits for children in India. The portraits were recently delivered and the program sent a wonderful video that shows the children excitedly receiving their portraits. Thank you to those students who participated. Please click the link below to watch the video.
According to their website, "The Memory Project was founded by Ben Schumaker in 2004 while he was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Ben had just spent a month at an orphanage in Guatemala where he learned that the children had few special belongings to help capture their life stories. Since Ben had always enjoyed creating portraits for friends and family in school art classes, he had the idea to organize art teachers and their students to create portraits that could serve as positive and heartfelt memories for the children. Once he started delivering these portraits to children around the world, he realized that they also helped to build feelings of international friendship and solidarity. The portraits seemed to make the world a little smaller and kinder, and that is what the Memory Project is all about." (https://www.memoryproject.org/about)
National Art Honor Society
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) was established by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in 1978 to inspire and recognize students who have demonstrated passion and dedication through their art and community service. Participation in NAHS provides your students, faculty, school, and community with invaluable benefits—including peer recognition, leadership growth opportunities, college and career preparation, recognition of your art program, and so much more. Students have the opportunity to publish their work in NAHS News (a semi-annual, full-color digital publication), as well as apply for inclusion in the NAHS exhibition, an annual juried show held at the NAEA Studio & Gallery. Additionally, your students can participate in valuable community service projects, be eligible to apply for scholarships and awards, and purchase NAHS supplies and graduation recognition merchandise. Additional program details can be found on the NAHS website, NAHS Link, at www.arteducators.org/nahs. In this climate of high-stakes testing, the arts are critically important in developing the habits of mind that nurture human potential and prepare our students for success in today’s world. NAHS recognizes our creative leaders and magnifies the innovation, skills, and scholarship that your art program brings to your school and community. We work together to achieve a shared vision that ensures a quality, comprehensive education for all students across the nation.
Completion of one Art credit for High School or Middle Shool with at least a B
Virtual Meetings are held every Friday at 1:10 pm (Google Classroom Code: 66hry7w).