Video Conference with Nathan Hale Middle School
Friday, March 30, 2012 12:04 PM
Recently students from the Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk, CT participated in a video conference with students in Guatemala. These students wrote their partner class a beautiful and meaningful letter –
“Dear Art Partners,
We were so please with your artwork. We were able to learn many new and exciting things about you, your school, life and country that we could not really get in books. Your artwork and written responses helped us broaden our knowledge about Guatemala. We will never forget this experience. We enjoyed seeing you during our video conference and being able to view our artwork in your hands. The conversations and questions discussed were very enlightening.
Thank you so much for sharing. We hope our artwork also helped you to understand a bit more about us.
Keep on creating and reaching for your goals.”
International Young Performers Tour – IYPT
Friday, March 23, 2012 8:36 AM
We are proud to welcome the Irish performing troupe, Tigh Na Coille, here at the end of March. Please take a look at these wonderful video presentations about this year’s IYPT from County Clare, Ireland. The troupe is directed by master musician Dennis Liddy and the videos introduce this very talented group of performers. Enjoy!
Senegalese Students Holding Partner's Art from Chicago, IL USA
Friday, March 16, 2012 9:53 AM
This is a photo of students from the Lycee Moderne De Dakar School in Dakar, Senegal. Senegal is a country located in western Africa. Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, and is located at the westernmost tip of the country. The US Department of State’s website describes the geography of Senegal as being, "...bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. [Noting]The Gambia penetrates more than 320 kilometers (200 mi.) into Senegal."
An article in the New York Times dated 2.24.12 reported, “Senegal, long one of Africa’s most stable and admired countries, is embroiled in a miasma of political, economic and social problems as unmistakable as the fine dust that blows in from the Sahara every winter. From the air, Dakar, the capital, looks like a metropolis on the move…but on the ground, the picture shifts…Senegal’s political class is in seemingly permanent crisis. At the center of the storm is President Abdoulaye Wade, whose refusal to give up power despite advancing age and legal limits have turned the streets of Dakar, the seaside capital, into chaos.”
This situation is affecting some of the schools in the capital city of Dakar, which have been forced to close during these turbulent times. Our partner teacher in Senegal was recently able to bring some of her students together to continue their ArtLink program. This picture shows her students holding up the art work from their partner class from the Madero Middle School in Chicago, IL USA.
US and The Gambia Video Conference
Friday, March 9, 2012 7:13 AM
On Saturday March 10th students enrolled in the Stepping Stones YES2 (Youth Enrichment at Stepping Stones) program will be video conferencing live with their ArtLink partners from The Gambia. The two classrooms will share conversation, asking questions about each other's art pieces and talking about their cultures. It will be an exciting and enjoyable exchange for everyone. Connecting through live video conversations is a dynamic way for students to meet and to learn about one another.
This art piece was created by Masabe H.S.J. from Banjul, Gambia and is titled, "Life Dancing".
Celebrating 20 Years!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 7:26 AM
We are thrilled to be celebrating our 20th anniversary!
For twenty years we have been a leader in promoting cultural literacy through our programs and workshops. We are proud of the past twenty years and we are looking forward to the next twenty!
Join us at our 20th Anniversary Gala on April 12, 2012.
This distinctive and original logo is a combination of 20 pieces of art created by 20 young artists from 20 participating classes representing 20 countries worldwide creating a salute to our 20 year history!