My history with Creative Connections In the middle of 2002, I’ve participated for the first time in the Creative Connections’s program with the children of a shelter (Meu Guri – SÃ£o Paulo/Brazil). This innovation, besides contemplating a rich pedagogic proposal of education through the art, also provided the increase of the self-esteem and the promotion of the family and cultural values, that are so important in a psicossocial reinsert process. The job was developed with dedication, excitement and affection, once that for the sheltered children, the art and education became an educational allied and a partner-affectionate protection. After all, we were informed that we were awardee for the creativity of the sent works. Since then, the news dispersed, parents, children, adolescents, collaborators and employees acquired a new perception of the artistic works’s importance. Now we developed this partnership’s (Creative Connections) with public school students’. Nowadays, that sheltered adolescents group are adult, they work, and all of them remind of Creative Connections with a lot of thank. “All that participate in Creative Connections are winners, but in a shelter of careless children this kind of job makes all the difference.” PS: I cannot forget about the teachers, in my case besides learning constantly, since the beginning of the partnership, I will developing a doctorate project with Creative Connections (study of case) that is in phase of project development and of financing. Thank you very much, Luiz Pereira de Souza Brazil SP
I have been working with Creative Connections for five years now, both as a teacher, and as a volunteer on the art selection committee. Both experiences have been enriching and inspiring. My students have exchanged art with students in Cyprus, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. I also co-taught a class with visiting teachers from Latvia. I think that visual art is a wonderful way to find a common language between these young people around the world. When the children review the work they receive, they are more likely to be struck by the similarities than the differences with their partners around the globe.
I have been working with Creative Connections for three years and truly appreciate the invaluable experiences their programs provide to my students. We have exchanged art with four different countries, hosted a home stay for a Nicaraguan student choir, and participated in a Russian Dance Program with an acclaimed Russian Dance Troupe. The students and staff of Roton Middle School look forward to more international experiences facilitated by Creative Connections.