(The following announcement comes from Hopkins Public Schools.)
On June 14, a delegation of 11 Hopkins High School art and Spanish students will travel to Ometepe, Nicaragua to deliver a cherished keepsake to the children living in the Cicrin Orphanage -- a portrait of each child painted by Hopkins AP art students. High school teacher Randi Rood and Spanish teacher Stephanie Owen-Lyons will accompany the students on this nine-day trip.
In addition to personally delivering a portrait to each child, Hopkins students will teach the children how to draw and paint using art supplies generously donated by Triarco Arts and Crafts. Students will then travel to León to live simply with Nicaraguan families. They'll learn folkloric painting and dancing by Nicaraguan artists, climb a volcano, and visit health and educational development projects funded by Project Minnesota-León.
"This is a rewarding opportunity for students to share their artistic talent and benefit others while making a difference in a child's life," said Randi Rood. "A poignant life lesson on giving back."
The trip was inspired by the success of the Memory Project, a similar experience that AP Drawing and Painting students participated in by creating portraits of children and teens living in orphanages around the world. Student artists received photos of kids and then worked from those photos to create the portraits. The portraits were then delivered to the children as gifts and became a rare keepsake for children who have few personal items.
More information on Project Minnesota-Leon is available at: www.mn-leon.org
More information about the Memory Project is available at: www.memoryproject.org/Rwanda2011.php