2020-2021 Program Updates

This page will be updated regularly as we prepare for the upcoming academic year. 

We are fully committed to delivering our programs during these challenging times.  We remain dedicated to helping students understand one another through the exchange of art and ideas. We pledge to support all our educators worldwide by remaining flexible and adapting to the changing landscape they are facing.

ArtLink – launching in mid-October 2020

  • Fee reduction
  • Underwriting financial support available for USA classes, no fees for international classes
  • Link to application
  • Flexible program calendar
  • Curriculum materials online
  • Original student art pieces submitted digitally and exchanged digitally
  • Developing an online virtual workbook for teacher and students
  • Virtual teacher training –  ArtLink lessons and best practices
  • Educator Zoom Calls for all ArtLink teachers worldwide to meet one another, to share and to learn from one another
  • Virtual Professional Development opportunities

For more information, please contact Polly Loughran at ploughran@creativeconnections.org.

ArtLink applications for teachers based in the USA and internationally can be found here.

RainForest ArtLink

2020 RainForest ArtLink program will extend into the Fall season.

We are committed to running 2021 RainForest ArtLink, and we hope to operate it as normal.

Status Updates

USA
If schools reopen in September 2020, we hope to deliver to our USA partner teachers their partner’s art. We will ask teachers to try to run and facilitate their Interactive Video Conferences (IVC).

Guatemala
Since March 16, partner teachers and students in Guatemala are out of school. Their art, created before March 13, 2020, is being held at the Education Ministry Regional Office. We are addressing the collection and delivery of these art pieces. It is uncertain when they will be reopening schools, their 2020 school year finishes in mid-October 2020.

Brazil
The health crisis is critical in northern Brazil especially in the Amazonia region where remote communities don’t have access to health systems. Schools are closed and our strategic partner (Goeldi Museum) has banned any travel into the region. Art was not created by partner classes and there is no expected date for schools to reopen as yet.

For more information, please contact Miguel Barreto at mbarreto@creativeconnections.org.

ThinkLink

An online platform emphasizing global learning from home, designed for educators and students worldwide.

  • Resources include:
  • Lessons: Themed art-based lessons for students as they analyze original ArtLink pieces and answer questions
  • “Meet the Artist” videos: ArtLink students from around the world share the stories behind their original art pieces
  • “Spotlight On” videos: ArtLink students from around the world sharing moments in their lives
  • Additional resources: curated links to supplementary materials
  • Videos from Home: a call to students and families to create a video on “Our Family Traditions”
  • Art from Home: a virtual art exhibit preview, Opening Up My Locked World – Student art from around the world during the pandemic

Summer Break Activities

Activities for students that are engaging, educational and fun!

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sketchbook
  • Adventures/resources
  • Bingo
  • World map
  • Scavenger hunts
  • ArtSnacks
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