RainForest ArtLink is Creative Connections’ spring-based international exchange rainforest-headerprogram designed for grades 3 to 12. Classes in the United States connect with a similar class (age and grade level) in the heart of the Guatemalan, Costa Rican or Brazilian Rainforests. Partner classes create and exchange art. Students then examine the art, gaining new insights into both their own and their partner’s culture. All partner classes participate in Interactive Video Conferences (IVC) sharing insights with one another. Given the rainforest location of the partnerships, the dialogue focuses on the vital connection between environment and culture.

See below a presentation created by Kyra Litschauer, a Middle School Teacher from Woodstock Middle School, CT regarding her participation in the program during 2018:

RainForest ArtLink With Brazil and Guatemala At Woodstock Middle School

Rainforest ArtLink’s student-based learning model reinforces classroom instruction in social studies, Spanish language, science and the arts. Additionally, students build bridges with their peers, which promotes global competency and greater cultural understanding. Program curricula is delivered through lesson plans (available in English and Spanish) provided to each participant class. The unique partnerships that are formed through these exchanges serve to broaden world views – not just for students, but teachers and parents as well.

Student participants gain global competency by:

  • Being introspective about the environment and cultural inter-dependency of complex ecosystems
  • Discovering the power of art to convey ideas
  • Attaining a new perspective into their own culture
  • Expanding their awareness, understanding and appreciation of the lives of their peers living in another country
  • Learning cross-cultural communication skills through written and video exchanges
  • Understanding concepts such as “sustainability” from their interaction with primary source materials and real peers who live in rainforest areas

Rain Forest Partner classes come from: 

Guatemala (Petén, rainforest region)

Brazil (Pan-Amazonian region)

Costa Rica (Pacific region)

September – December: Teachers and Administrators  apply of the program

January: Program launch and Introductory Workshop

March: Submit art work (second Friday of the month)

April: Processing the Art (At Creative Connections)

May: Receive partners’ art and International Children’s Art Portfolio

May/June: Live videoconference with partner class

December: Fall/Winter International Children’s Art Exhibit (live and online)

An introductory workshop delivered in your classroom (for local classes) or via videoconference

An energized, motivated partner art class located in the rainforest of Guatemala, Brazil or Costa Rica

Teacher handbook (delivered online) with comprehensive program guidelines and lesson plans

Our office staff, always available, for advice over the course of the exchange.

A thoughtful set of art produced for your class by your partners.

The annual International Children’s Art Portfolio featuring art from many of our partner countries

A partner teacher networking platform

All overseas shipping (via DHL)

Translation and facilitation services

Videoconferencing facilitation right in the classroom (for local classes).

1- A Case Study for RainForest ArtLink Programs in Greenwich, CT USA

 Greenwich, CT Elementary Public School experience with the RainForest ArtLink Program

2- A Case Study for RainForest Program in Guatemala 

Uaxactún experience with the Rainforest ArtLink Program

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