Art With A Purpose

Many people underestimate the power of art and the influence it has throughout the world. Art Honor Society is here to prove that art can go beyond simply creating projects for self-interest.

Last week, the club began drawing portraits for youth in the Ukraine who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Majority of these children live in orphanages. The intention of these portraits is to help children feel valued and important, to know people care about their well being and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. For the club, this is an opportunity to display art in a kind and meaningful way, and promote global awareness.

Each year, the club receives portraits of these children from global charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in a number of different countries. They are then allowed to create these portraits with any medium, color, and style, but remembering that what kids love most is seeing their true resemblance in the portraits. After the portrait is created, we attach a picture of ourselves with our name to the drawing, so the orphan is able to have a connection with us. Although we don’t know anything about these children, just simply imagining them receiving these portraits is extremely rewarding. The students said they wished they could write to them or know them better, but that’s part of the beauty of the project. It is an act of kindness to someone, regardless of their personal relationship with them. For them, it feels good to know your art has a purpose other than just getting graded.

Ariel Harsinay’s portrait