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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)

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


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