Can a child imagine being connected to another part of the world through art? Miguel Barreto, Director of the Creative Connections Rain Forest ArtLink program, a project of the Norwalk, Connecticut-based organization Creative Connections, will make that happen. With the encouragement and support of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, he will present two workshops on Saturday, January 5 – one for students and one for teachers, educators, and parents. The workshops will take place at the Danbury Public Library, located at 170 Main Street in Danbury, and will introduce the unique system of becoming “cultural detectives” through art.
The workshop for students, recommended grades 3 – 12, is scheduled from 11am to noon and will include a live videoconference with Guatemalan student artists living in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Teachers, educators, and parents are invited to observe.
The workshop for teachers, educators, and parents follows at 1-3pm with a live, facilitated videoconference to discuss how being a “cultural detective” leads to using primary source artwork to enhance a student’s understanding of culture, world history, and the environment.
The workshops are based on the current ‘Putting Myself in the Picture’ children’s art exhibit, running through January 10, at the the Danbury Public Library, CityCenter Danbury, City Hall, and Ortegas Restaurante. The exhibit features work by Guatemalan and American children. Over the past five years, Miguel Barreto has conducted hundreds of classroom and teacher workshops throughout the U.S. and Latin America, facilitating connections between over 1,500 Guatemalan and US students. For more information on his work, visit creativeconnections.org.
Seating for the workshops is limited and registration is required online at danburylibrary.org. Click on “Events” or call the library at (203)797-4527.