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    ARTE POSTALE An International Visual Art and Writing Exchange Join Arte Postale and take your students on a dynamic, international exchange through art! Give
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    ARTE POSTALE
    An International Visual Art and Writing Exchange

    Join Arte Postale and take your students on a dynamic, international exchange through art!

    Give your students an exciting cross-cultural experience while addressing key educational standards.

    Deadline: June 26, 2009

    Arte Postale is an international artwork exchange program designed for students with and without disabilities in any classroom. Students ages 7–14 years participate in visual and language arts activities based on a theme, that encourage thoughtful reflection on their lives and cultures. Students take part in multiple exchanges over the course of the program which culminates in the creation of a final piece of artwork. The completed pieces, each with an accompanying description sheet, are exchanged with a partner classroom in another country. VSA arts then selects one piece of art from each classroom to be showcased in its annual children’s exhibition in Washington, D.C.

    The Arte Postale program creates valuable cross-cultural educational experiences by forming relationships among classrooms as they study and communicate about their lives. Students of all abilities learn to express themselves in artistic ways and are enriched by an inclusive approach to art in the classroom. Their creativity and views of the world develop as their imaginations travels to remote lands and they discover the richness of their partner classroom’s culture.

    Arte Postale engages students with and without disabilities in the learning process while focusing on educational goals by:

    •    Weaving seamlessly into standards-based curricula for subjects like language arts and social studies, in addition to visual arts;
    •    Lending itself to a variety of teaching approaches, including differentiated and scaffolded instruction; and,
    •    Providing resources through the teacher guide, such as tips to create and sustain inclusive classrooms where students' diverse learning needs and cultural backgrounds can be respected.

    How Arte Postale Works:
    September: Teachers receive an easy-to-follow guide with step-by-step instructions on how to successfully incorporate Arte Postale into lesson plans, allowing their students to explore different aspects of their culture through visual and language arts.
    September–November: Students develop skills in visual and language arts as they move through Arte Postale’s activities and participate in multiple points of exchange. Students will increase their understanding of culture and how it relates to their family, community, country, and world. In the final activity, each student plans and creates a piece of artwork to be exchanged with a partner classroom in another country.
    November: All completed artwork is sent to VSA arts who then sends it to the international partner classroom.
    December: VSA arts selects one piece of artwork from each classroom for its culminating art exhibition in June.
    February: Classrooms receive their partner classroom’s artwork.
    June: An art exhibition in Washington, D.C. takes place.
    Interested in Joining Us?
    Enroll before June 26, 2009.
    •    Complete the online form at www.vsarts.org/artepostale
    or
    •    Return the accompanying enrollment form to:
    VSA arts—Arte Postale
    818 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20006 USA
    Tel: +1-202-628-2800
    Fax: +1-202-429-0868
    E-mail: artepostale@...

    VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. VSA arts provides educators, parents, and artists with resources and the tools to support arts programming in schools and communities. VSA arts showcases the accomplishments of artists with disabilities and promotes increased access to the arts for people with disabilities. Each year 7 million people participate in VSA arts programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in 54 countries around the world. VSA arts is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, please visit www.vsarts.org.  

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    ARTE POSTALE
    An International Visual Art and Writing Exchange

     
    ENROLLMENT FORM 2009–2010
    Theme: Aroma: Scents of My World

    Teacher First Name: ___________________    
    Teacher Family Name: ___________________    
    Co-Teacher First & Family Name: ___________________    
    School Name: ___________________    
    Name of Principal or Director of School: ___________________    
    School Address: ___________________        
    City: ___________________   State: ___________________   Zip/Postal code: _______________    
    Country: ___________________            
    School Tel.: ___________________ School Fax: ___________________                    
    School E-mail: ___________________
    Teacher Tel.: ___________________ Home Tel.: ___________________                    
    Teacher E-mail: ___________________    
    Subject(s) taught: ___________________    
    Ages of students: ___________________    
    Number of students (1 class can be no more than 30 students): ___________________
    Number of students with a disability: ___________________
    Language(s) spoken in class: ___________________
    Term or semester dates: ___________________    
    Does your classroom have access to a computer and the Internet? _____________________
     
    Arte Postale will begin in September 2009.
    VSA arts will contact you at the beginning of September to update your student information.

    Enroll before June 26, 2009.
    •    Complete the online form at www.vsarts.org/artepostale
    or
    •    Return this form to:
    VSA arts—Arte Postale
    818 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20006 USA
    Tel: +1-202-628-2800
    Fax: +1-202-429-0868
    E-mail: artepostale@...

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