Are your programs aligned with modern curriculum standards?
Yes, we have ensured that our programs fully support the US Common Core and National Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Visual Arts standards. The ArtLink Teacher Handbook includes direct tie-ins for each lesson and activity to these standards.
When do your programs start?
What countries can we exchange with?
These change from year to year. Open up the application form to view what’s currently available.
For the RainForest ArtLink program we currently have classes available in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Brazil.
Can my class be partnered with more than one country?
No, we have found the one-to-one connection and relationship is invaluable. However, if you are enrolling more than one class, each class can be matched with a different country.
Once the program is launched, can I call or email Creative Connections with questions or concerns?
Can I contact my overseas partner teacher?
We encourage you to do so. We will give you a partner profile which includes their email and phone contact info. You will also be sent instructions on how to join the special online networking site open to all partner teachers.
May I have an extension on the art due deadline?
We will do our best to accommodate any requests. However, please keep in mind this could lead to a delay in receiving your partner’s art work.
Can I get my students' artwork back after the program is completed?
No, the art created in the program is given to your partner class as a gift. You are encouraged to photocopy your students’ artwork before you send it to our offices in Norwalk, Connecticut USA. You do get to keep the set of art created by your partners, also as a gift.
Will my partner’s artist description sheet (ADS) be translated for me?
If necessary we will arrange for your Artist Descriptions to be translated into English or if you are located overseas, we will arrange for your Artist Descriptions to be translated in your language.
Can we videoconference with all your partner countries?
With many, but not all. See the application form for the specific countries. We facilitate these live sessions in schools with sufficient internet bandwidth and where the time difference is manageable. In countries where videoconferencing is not offered, we do provide alternative asynchronous options for partner classes to respond to one another.
How much does it cost to participate?
This varies according to program, amount of classes you are applying for, and how early you are applying. The application form includes all enrollment fee info. Note: on average, our fees cover only half our costs to run these programs.
If my school cannot afford the enrollment fees, can we still participate?
As long as funds are available, we can provide partial or full program underwriting support to schools with underserved student populations. On the application form there is an area for schools requesting aid to state their case.