Grab your passport – we’re heading to Brazil!
In collaboration with lead applicant Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and our colleagues at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, we’ve received a highly prestigious Museums Connect grant.
This grant is administered by the American Alliance of Museums and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Ours is one of six projects to be awarded a grant this year!
This grant supported project, entitled Lifelines/Aspectos Vitais: The Convergence of Arts, Ecology and Culture in the Amazon and New England, will allow a group of local high school students to engage in a scientific and cultural exchange with students living in the Amazonian rain forest.
Museu Parense Emilio Goeldi – the internationally-recognized research institution and museum based in the city of Belém in the northern state of Pará – will be our partner in Brazil.
This year-long exchange will immerse Connecticut and Brazilian teams of high school students and teachers in the international exploration of watersheds as ecological, cultural, and economic lifelines.
Based on the ecological principle that “everything is interconnected” students and teachers will participate in:
· Focused cultural artwork exchanges and videoconferences between teams, and arts-based presentations in each community
· Reciprocal travel exchanges, including visits to museum host cities and to a research station in the Caxiunana National Forest of the Brazilian Amazon; scientific study cruises on Long Island Sound; and cultural visits to historic maritime communities on the Connecticut coastline
· Digital storytelling projects to encourage participants to reflect upon their experiences and to share what they have learned with the younger children within their communities
· Online and onsite exhibitions at each of the project museums
We are grateful for this tremendous opportunity to partner with our neighbors who are also working to engage youth in a way that promotes global citizenship.
This is especially meaningful as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in the New Year! What a wonderful way to have the impact, and reach, of our work recognized.
We will be sure to keep you updated as this unique project unfolds!
Photo: Students and teachers traveling to the research station in the Caxiunana National Forest of the Brazilian Amazon