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MLK Portrait Program

Annual MLK Portrait Project

Unity through Artistic Collaboration

The MLK Portrait Project is a way to honor the impact of civil rights leaders by working together in unity- each creating an individual part, that ultimately becomes a whole. Every panel style is different, yet they all fit together. Each year it engages local High School art students to create large portrait mosaics as creatively as they desire. At the completion of the project, all portraits will hang in their corresponding schools, then displayed in a public gallery, then auctioned off to support EEA's scholarship fund for art and music students in need. 

The MLK Portrait Project was inspired by the work of our teacher, Kenneth Jackson. The project was created to engage talented student artists across the East End of Long Island and to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Portraits were created on individual 12 x 12 panels with mostly acrylic as a mosaic of images to construct an ultimate image of Martin Luther King Jr. and eventually other civil rights leaders.

Questions? Please contact Kathleen Ruscick at


2022 MLK Portrait Project

The 2nd Annual MLK Portrait Project includes 11 local high schools! 

  • Bridgehampton
  • Center Moriches
  • East Hampton
  • Eastport-South Manor
  • Hampton Bays
  • Mattituck
  • Mount Sinai
  • Riverhead
  • Rocky Point
  • Shelter Island
  • Southampton

Project Schedule
Begins: November 1, 2021
Artwork Deadline: January 14, 2022
Displayed in High Schools: January 17 - February 18, 2022
Public Displays at the Riverhead Farmers Market (139 Main Rd., Riverhead): February 19, 26, & March 5
Virtual Exhibit Opening: January 17, 2022 (MLK's Birthday)
Live in-person viewing at East End Arts & Auction Closes: March 12, 2022

Click HERE to view and bid in the online auction! >>>

Or text MLK to 631.880.4052 to place your bid.

See the Inaugural 2021 MLK Portrait Project

*Some portraits are delayed. Please check back for additional portraits.

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