Alumna Michele Martin Paints to Inspire

February 23, 2012

Alumna Michele Martin was featured in Newburyport’s Daily News where she reflects upon the year she spent with the Cambodian Children’s Painting Project. Martin felt as though she had a calling to find a program in a country where her skills as an artist could make a deep and lasting impact. When she discovered the charitable organization in Cambodia, she didn’t look back!

Martin spent a year working with the project’s 150 schoolchildren who ranged in age from infants to 17 years old. Since she didn’t speak the native language, Martin used art as a tool of artistic expression in order to communicate with her students.

“What is unique about this project is it’s an art-based initiative,” Martin said. “Daily art lessons encourage a noninvasive approach to self-expression and help the children cope with trauma.”

Martin returned to the states six months ago and continues her life’s calling to inspire her students through art. She is currently working in the children’s psychiatric ward of Anna Jaques Hospital in Amesbury.

Martin has established “The Purpose Behind Every Mural is a Child” to raise funds for the Cambodian Children’s Painting Project where she donates a portion of each mural commission to help the children of Cambodia.

For more information, contact Martin at [email protected] or visit

–>Read full article in the Daily News here