Our virtual exchanges via Interactive Video Conferences (IVC) are one of the most exciting parts the ArtLink program. This year, we kicked off our Spring video conferences with an exchange between students in Connecticut and students in Kenya.
Each classroom was asked to put together a brief performance for their partner class. Students in the USA performed The Beatles’ “Let it Be” and students in Kenya performed a traditional farewell song in Swahili, “Goodbye Friends, We Shall Meet Again.” We loved the Kenyan performance so much that we wanted to share it with you! It’s now available as a short video on our “Spotlight On Videos” tab on ThinkLink.
In April, with Mandala Theater in Nepal, we will conduct Participatory Theater workshops to explore cultural heritage with students in the USA & Nepal.
Project Manager & Facilitator Tim Steckler, shares, “My hope is that students will not only learn in a creative, engaging way what their own cultural heritage is and why it is important, but also more about others’ heritage in their own classroom and across the world. Using an active exploratory tool such as theatre, I expect students will find many more tools in their wheelhouse than they might expect to examine their cultural backgrounds and their roles in shaping culture.”
We’re pleased to introduce you to the workshop facilitators from both Nepal and the USA. Check out this video to learn more!
We put out a call to our 2021 ArtLink teachers for photos of their students, online or at school, for our ArtLink Online Virtual Bulletin Board. The response was incredible! We recieved photos of students completing their artwork and participating in other activities at school.
You can view photos of students from Russia, Nigeria, Kenya, Turkey and the USA in our 2021 ArtLink Global Gallery.
We’re proud of the work that ArtLink students have done this year! That’s why we’ve decided to share our International Art Portfolio (IAP) with everyone as a ThinkLink resource.
Explore stand out pieces from around the world that reflect this year’s theme of “Balance.”
Sri Lankan art from Sketchbook, page 22
Recently, we were awarded an unrestricted grant from the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF), and, for a second year, we won the Cornelia T. Bailey Philanthropic Arts Program (P/Arts) grant in partnership with Stepping Stones Museum for Children. This joint project embodies the foundation’s vision to “implement or enhance programs utilizing art and art education in daily curricula, early childhood education and to assist underprivileged learners.”
We are also pleased to announce a new member of the CC team. Barbarajean Segall, MSW, a seasoned grant writer for many years will be working with us as a fund developer to further our mission and vision.
She is well-versed in the development field and successful in procuring funding on all levels.
Last year she aided us in our first year working on the Cornelia T. Bailey program with Stepping Stones Museum for Children entitled “Arts from Around the World.” This resulted in the charming “Celebrate Art from Around the World Sketchbook,” located on the Student Break Activities page under Sketch and Coloring Books. We are thrilled to be working with Barbarajean!
We wish to thank all our educators, donors, partners and friends for their ongoing support and friendship this year. It’s been an extraordinary year of growth, success and achievement — we couldn’t have done it without you.
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