2017-Team UP!

    ArtLink 2016-17 Theme Assignment:  This year’s ArtLink theme highlights the value of teamwork.  “Minga” is the age-old practice in Ecuador of collaboration between friends and neighbors who volunteer their time, effort, and sometimes funds to achieve a shared goal for the betterment of the community.  We asked students to think through their recent experiences at home, at school, or in the community and consider the many ways they or others in your community come together to achieve a goal.  Then they selected one of these examples as the subject of their art piece.

    In their artwork, the students had to thoughtfully capture a specific interaction to share.  This moment might include their families, classmates, friends or community members taking part in an activity that reveals a meaningful cultural value.

    Creative Connections’ “Art Partners of the Year”

    International Partners of the Year:  Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Educare,Chennai, India
    Teacher:  B.Jayalakshmi (Jaya)

    This collection of work includes a variety of colorful and thoughtful pieces taking the viewer into nature, brotherly love, family interaction, including traditions and customs.

    US Partner of the Year:  Westhill High School, Stamford, CT
    Teacher:  Mrs. Robin Konrad

    Their art reflected topics including family dynamics, the local beauty parlor, New Year’s traditions and sports.

    All the classes created insightful art pieces illustrating such values as love of family, traditions, competition, celebrations, and religion.

    RainForest ArtLink

    Students from partner classes in the USA and students in Guatemala exchanged art that illustrated their own cultural values and concerns for the environment.  This special exhibit includes one piece from each of these RainForest ArtLink classes.

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