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Art-to-Art building new participation from coast-to-coast

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From: Ben Rayman (benrayman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 08 2001 - 12:47:53 PDT


FOR NATIONAL RELEASE: Monday, October 8, 2001

Now in its 16th year

National children’s program
seeks new school participants

        VAN WERT COUNTY, Ohio - Art-to-Art: Building Friendships Through Art is an exchange program among schools around the United States. The program, founded and created by Patricia Rayman, was formed in 1986, beginning with only four schools and three bordering states around Ohio.
        “Although the primary purpose of the program is an exchange of art, ideas and interest among schools,” said Rayman, “the program is designed to increase the students’ knowledge of geography and history substantially.” And the students are not the only ones who benefit from the program. “Teachers get ideas from seeing what the rest of the country is doing,”noted its founder.
        Currently, the Art-to-Art now runs consistently between 100-150-school participation within a range of 24-36 states, and unofficially estimates fewer than 200,000 students have been exposed to the program as of the 2000-01 curriculum year. “My goal this year is to have school participation from all the states, and as of now we hit 40,” said its founder.
        The program is comprised of a series of individual and group curriculum projects, which come together before, placed on a rotation schedule. Its purpose, Rayman said of the various parts, “is to offer the participating educators the ability to involve all their students.” Students have the option to build their own Art-to-Art Curriculum Project or take part in the group activities of the various learning subjects. “
        The national show will enter its 13th year, is the crowning highlight for the core curriculum that is directed by a
participating teacher in a different part of the country annually. Last year show was held in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bristol, Connecticut located between Hartford-Waterbury was the site of eleventh.
The tenth returned to its roots at the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert County, Ohio, which is located between
Lima, Ohio and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Held at Livingston, Montana Depot Center, was the Ninth national site. Livingston is located between Billings and Bozeman as well above Yellowstone National Park.
        The Kennedy Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado was the eighth.
On the Atlantic seaboard, Wilmington, North Carolina hosted the seventh.
New Brighton, Minnesota, located in the Minneapolis market became the sixth site.
        The fifth was held in Thomasville, Georgia, which is located east of Valdosta and south of Tallahassee, Florida.
Medford, Oregon, which is a short distance from the Pacific Ocean and Northern California, became the fourth.
The Third Annual Art-to-Art National Show was held at the Springville, Utah at the Museum of Art.
The city is below Provo and Salt Lake City.
The Hoard Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin became the second.
And in the beginning, The First Annual National Show was held in Van Wert County, Ohio.
“A lot has been written about the program. Probably the most gratifying effect was when one Indiana teacher told me the Art-to-Art prompted a handicapped boy in her classroom to speak for the first time. This was just a wonderful and most unexpected result of the project,” said its director.
Art-to-Art begins in September as the teachers and students plan their projects to be exchanged with up to six schools on a regular basis, however the exchange program begins in January when the teachers receive their rotation list.
Although, the program has an Art Education format, both the student and the teacher projects integrates the other subjects of Geography, History, Reading, Writing, and Human Relations. According to Mrs. Rayman, “In many ways, the program not only encourages new learning, but Art-to-Art promotes the goodwill by working together for a common cause by exposing their students to America’s educational diversities while experiencing firsthand the fun of learning.”
Interested teachers are invited to contact Pat Rayman for a brochure and other information via e-mail address
 art-to-art@bright.net or by mail request to 16392 Greenville Road, Ohio City, Ohio 45874-9230.

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