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Art- to - Art - National Children's Program


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 12 2001 - 14:12:57 PDT

Hello USA art teachers:

I have just found out about an art exchange program : "Art -to- Art". Below
is copied from the information I received. To find out more - contact Pat
Rayman . I have more information I could snail mail.
Maybe some of you have participated in this in the past? If so please post
your experiences to the list.

Judy Decker

National children's program
seeks new school participants

OHIO CITY, 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
under 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 as well as schools in Canada," said Rayman.

 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.....

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. Interested teachers are invited to contact Pat Rayman for a
brochure and other information via e-mail address or
by mail request to 16392 Greenville Road, Ohio City, Ohio 45874-9230.