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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.

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2022 MLK Portrait Project

The 2nd Annual MLK Portrait Project includes 12 local high schools! 

Project Schedule:
Begins: November 1, 2021
Artwork Deadline: January 14, 2022
On Display in Schools & Online: January 20 - February 16
Public Exhibit Opening: February 17 (MLK's Birthday)
Auction: March 4, 2022


See the Inaugural 2020 MLK Portrait Project

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