Portraits promote service to others

December 25, 2012 by  

Foxboro’s Hunakai Studio has taken part in the International Memory Project for the fifth year in a row.

The project is a very different initiative designed to honor children from all over the globe who are disenfranchised or orphaned. In Foxboro, 15 art students developed portraits of children using photographs as their inspiration. This year, the students created portraits of children located in South East Asia. Duplication of art such as this can be taken to local print companies, where images can be enlarged and prepped for framing.

In 2011, Foxboro area teen art students who participated in the International Memory Project were commemorated by Hilary Clinton, then secretary or state, and were proclaimed ‘Ambassadors to Peace’.

Hunakai Studio encouraged students to participate in the project, which it hoped would help teens to practice being kind and promote service to human kind through their art.

The International Memory Project was founded in 1997 by agencies concerned about the spread of HIV in Africa. Its aim is to help the children of parents infected with HIV to assist them in coming to grips with the possibility of being orphaned and to communicate with both parents about possible outcomes.

Part of the work is to give children in Africa and other participating countries a memory book, a simple solution, communication tool, and creative response to the problem that will provide each child affected by HIV with an identity and conversation starting point. The project is a beginning to opening the doors to communication.