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Community icons become canvases for kids' art, hopes, dreams

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Potraits of Hope's past projects include the largest passenger blimp in the country. (Courtesy of Portraits of Hope)


Another Portraits of Hope project was this DC3 airplane flown around Kittyhawk, NC on the centenary of the first flight. (Courtesy of Portraits of Hope)


Racecars in several states sported the familiar Portraits of Hope design. (Jim Redman/Courtesy of Portraits)


First graders Jose Martinez (left) and Jacob Urena share a few laughs while taking a break. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


Kids paint a representation of a social issue important to them on models of the bigger project. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


Educators, parents and volunteers often join in the fun. (Kevin Livelli/CNS)


Anyone can participate in a Portraits of Hope project. (Courtesy of Portraits of Hope)


Portraits of Hope mixes visual art and social issues awareness. (Courtesy of Portraits of Hope)


In the fall of 2007, nearly 12,700 New York City taxis will sport a new look courtesy of hundreds of children. (Courtesy of Portraits of Hope)

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Across the nation, children have taken up paintbrushes to participate in a giant public arts projects sponsored by Portraits of Hope. By turning icons of a city into giant canvases, kids are also learning about important social issues.