Jet artists’ paintings boost morale of Syrian children

MADISON – Impoverished children in Syria — some orphans, some disaster survivors — will receive a boost in morale with paintings by artists at James Clemens High School.

Art teachers Mason Overcash and Liz Vaughn received a postcard from The Memory Project. “We had been trying to find ways to connect our students to a global audience, so this landed in our laps,” Vaughn said.

A charitable nonprofit organization, The Memory Project invites art teachers and their students to create portraits from photographs of youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect and loss of parents. Those children receive the portraits, which hopefully spark feelings of self-worth and confidence. (memoryproject.org)

The Memory Project sent photographs of children from Syria for James Clemens artists to paint or sketch. “These kids are about eight to 11 years old,” Vaughn said.

Ben Schumaker, founder of The Memory Project, first worked with disadvantaged children in Guatemala. From that experience, Schumaker identifies children who can benefit from the portraits.

“I wanted to make someone smile,” James Clemens student Riley Norris said. “I wanted them to have something that’s just theirs, look at it and smile. It’s a good feeling to know that something you did brought joy to someone else.”

Hannah Einhorn “wanted to show a child that he or she has worthy; I wanted this child to know that people are rooting for him or her, even if they’re on the other side of the planet.”

Einhorn fulfilled her artistic purpose by using her talent to inspire confidence and security in others. “This project means unity, support, awareness and service. The children receiving their portraits will have a thoughtful memento to cherish, and the artists participating in this project have (shown) love to someone of a different culture and heritage, fostering a sense of empathy and friendliness around the world.”

When Vaughn sees images of the Syrian children, she thinks about her own childhood and the priorities she had. “Living in Syria at this time in history, I imagine that parts of their childhood are going to be missing or tainted,” Vaughn said. “I imagine that their portraits will be a sunny spot in a potentially difficult childhood.”

For more information, visit memoryproject.org.

Harvest

MVP gives grant to Madison Hospital’s car-seat station

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

A New Beginning With Faith- Security Guard Gets Baptized At Madison Academy

Bob Jones High School

PTA Reflections open for students’ fine arts designs

Huntsville

Sparkman crushes Grissom 51-0 to stay perfect

Harvest

Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament to premiere on Oct. 26

Events

Madison Street Festival is only two weeks away! Here is what to expect

Madison

Fire alert issued for Alabama

James Clemens High School

Kris Gray earns LAMP award for library service

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones to host first Rocket City Marching Invitational on Saturday

Harvest

YMCA Interim President/CEO named; other jobs open

Bob Jones High School

‘Mental Health Informed Parent’ workshops set for Sept. 28

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Sept. 20, 2023

Harvest

Fellowship Methodist UMC helps stock Journey’s clinic

Events

Behind the scenes of the Madison Street Festival

Behind the scenes of the Madison Street Festival

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Season Builder Makes A Difference In Students Setting Framework For Better Results

Bob Jones High School

MCCL rates at state tourney; Bartlett joins US Chess staff

Harvest

Library foundation’s Vive le Livre gala to feature author Kline

James Clemens High School

James Clemens defense shuts the door on Huntsville

Bob Jones High School

31 Madison students qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

James Clemens High School

Dedication ceremony held for James Clemens jet

Events

Monte Sano Art Festival to welcome over 140 artists to state park Sept. 16-17

Bob Jones High School

Michael Kinney confirms veterans’ wellbeing with ‘buddy checks’

Madison

City council reverses earlier action concerning public comments at meetings

Huntsville

VBC’s North Hall renamed and undergoing renovations

x