2013 Interntaional Children's Art Show - Art Partner's of the Year!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:04 AM
Our 2013 Art Partners of the Year!
International Art Partner:
The Baldone School in Latvia
Teachers: Talis and Ieva Muzikante
Featured here is a piece entitled, "My Friends"
by Elina, age 9. She describes her piece, "In Latvia, we have a tradition of performing “open air’ festivals. At these festivals musical performers play outside in the forest. I perform at these concerts with my friends. The value I am depicting is the importance of appreciating nature and music. It is important to me because I love both."
USA Art Partner of the Year:
The Park City Magnet School in Bridgeport, CT
Teacher: Wendy Chu
Featured here is a piece entitled, "S.O.A.R Recital: Kanen"
by Audrey, age 11. She describes her piece, "My friends and I from summer camp are playing “Pachelbel's canon on stage. We are the Canon quartet and we frequently practice and play together. The value I am depicting is music. Music is a language shared by all. It brings people together."
Please come see our 2013 International Children’s Art Exhibit featuring over
120 art pieces from over 20 countries. This exhibit will be on display at the
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (in the IMAX lobby) from May 30, 2013 - September
3, 2013.There is no entrance fee required to see this art show. For hours please visit:www.maritimeaquarium.org
Honoring Lynn Straus
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:59 AM
On Thursday May 9, 2013 we held our annual
Gala at Stepping Stones Museum for Children.
We were thrilled to honor Lynn Straus. She is
a pioneer in early childhood education. “When Lynn directed
pre-school early in her career in the 1960’s, her interest in the welfare of
pre-school children attracted the attention of President John F. Kennedy who
assigned Sargent Shriver [founder of the Head Start Program* and served as the
first director of the Peace Corps] to go to Mamaroneck, New York to study what
Lynn was practicing," says her lifetime friend and colleague,
Rosalind S. Kahn.
Cherie Burton, Creative Connections' Board
Chair offered, "Lynn makes the world a better place by improving the
lives of children through art and education."
Steckler (Founder of Creative Connections) pictured here with Lynn Straus
stated, “Lynn’s passion for children and education is reflected in her board
work with the non-profit Zero to Three organization and her lifetime
trusteeship at Bank Street College of Education. I can’t think of anyone who
has been so supportive of our work or done more to ignite the joy of learning
in so many children living in under-served communities.”
*According to wikipedia.org the Head Start
Program is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent
involvement services to low-income children and their families.
| Photo by Phil Straus|
Teacher Appreciation Week 2013: 6th – 10th May
Friday, May 3, 2013 6:12 AM
want to thank all the teachers who make our programs so meaningful and successful;
we are honored to work with each and every one of you! Thank you!
|"The First of September" by Stephania, age 11|
“Much like a parent, a teacher’s work is never done.
We know that teachers go above and beyond the call of duty …” ~Betsy Landers,
National PTA President.
Since 1984, National PTA has designated the first
week in May as a time for communities nationwide to honor teachers for being a
guiding force in helping children develop into healthy, happy and successful
“National PTA (Parent Teacher
Association) comprises millions of families, students, teachers,
administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational
success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is
a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a
powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and
communities, and a strong advocate for public education.”
Their motto, “Every child, one voice.”
Abantu Mu Buntu
Friday, April 26, 2013 7:53 AM
|Abantu Mu Buntu from Uganda|
Abantu Mu Buntu translates to mean people in harmony. From
April 25th through May 11th this talented group of young artists will be
performing spellbinding tribal dances, drumming, songs, music and folktales from
their home in East Africa. They are led by choreographer and teacher Frank
Katoola, the founder of Tender Talents Theatre in Uganda.
Rainforest ArtLink Jury
We convened a jury this week to
review and select art work from our Rainforest ArtLink program. This program
features the formation of unique classroom partnerships between students from
the United States and countries in the rainforest regions of Latin-America.
Partner classes exchange art on an environmental theme and are given the
opportunity to question their partners in a live videoconference. Given the
unique location of the partner classes the dialogue focuses on the impact of
environment on culture.
Maria Ghiso from The Rainforest
Alliance, Meredith Smith, Brandon Cioce and Caroline Tibbetts are seen here reading
artist descriptions and appreciating art work from the US, Guatemala and Costa
Rica. It was exciting to see all the beautiful
and meaningful art created in this year’s program under the direction of Mr.
Miguel Barreto, Director of Operations.