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MAY 2018


Peace through Facing Difference—it started with YOU!

We did it! Together, Students Rebuild teams created over 200,000 portraits while exploring their own identity and celebrating those that are different.

The tens of thousands of students who participated in the Facing Difference Challenge not only generated some of the most personal and moving artwork we’ve ever received, but their collective efforts raised $600,000 to support youth peace-building in areas of conflict through our partners CARE and Search for Common Ground.

As a result of your collective action:
  • 570 youth from different backgrounds participated in peace-building camps
  • 137 youth-led community peace projects were funded
  • 8,600 community members were impacted by peace projects in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and the South Caucasus region
There is even more to celebrate in our Student Impact Report that can be downloaded and shared in classrooms. It captures some fun facts and a small sample of the art we received this Challenge. We’re excited and grateful to celebrate our successes together—and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.

Now that the Challenge is over you might be wondering, “What happens next?!” This month’s newsletter answers that question and provides some resources for you as we wrap up this Challenge and prepare for the next one launching this fall.

Important Dates

  • Facing Difference Art Exhibition at the Figge Museum: August 4 – September 17, 2018
  • Launch of the new 2019 Challenge: September 2018
  • Follow us on social media for other updates and announcements over the summer!

Tell us what you think!

Each year as the Challenge concludes we ask the participants to complete a final survey. This survey helps us improve our program to serve you better, think about new Challenge topics, and much more. If you registered for the Challenge (even if you didn’t submit portraits) we really need your help in completing our final survey. And as a thank you for completing, you will be among the very first to know what our Challenge topic is for next year!
If you registered for the Challenge, you should have received an email from via If not, please check your junk mail folder or let us know you did not receive it at

It's not too late to submit your art!

If your team made portraits for the Facing Difference Challenge but you missed the deadline, you can still have your numbers counted! While your students’ art might not be able to be featured in our final exhibition (see below), it can still be counted towards our goal and your team credited as having completed the Challenge. Here’s how:
If you made portraits for the Challenge but didn’t submit them, you can let us know by filling out this simple submission form. That is the only action needed!
Our registration and submission system will close on June 8 so be sure to submit your numbers today!

Your art in a major museum!

This August, Students Rebuild is excited to be partnering on the Facing Difference culmination with the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa!
In a unique exhibit creatively curated by middle school students from Davenport’s Creative Arts Academy, the Figge will be showcasing thousands of your submitted self-portraits from August 4 – September 17, 2018. Some of the Creative Arts Academy’s unique ideas that will be incorporated into this exhibit will include features like a reflection mirror, walking over a map of the world with highlights for areas impacted by this Challenge, and of course—floor to ceiling portraits!

We’re thrilled to honor the creativity of your students’ arts in this meaningful display at a major museum. Check on social media for more details as the date gets closer.

Teams of the Month - All 843 teams!

Each of the packages we open and the digital submissions we receive have all been more thoughtful, creative, and beautiful than we could’ve imagined when we invited students globally to make self-portraits! This month’s team is every team—honoring every student who braved the art task of a self-portrait to share more of themselves with the world! THANK YOU!
Here are some resources that your team can use to celebrate:
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