Waldwick High School (Bergen County) teachers Theodore Opderbeck, Nancy Strife, Jaime Ruch, and Janet Sobkowicz facilitate a global arts exchange project between high school students in New Jersey, New Zealand, and England through an $8,900 grant from the Hipp Foundation.
Students maintain a weblog to exchange original artwork and photographs based on monthly themes, and exchange their creative insights through weblogs and podcasting. Students include commentary with the work they share on the weblog. By corresponding this way, students in each region participate in a cross-cultural exchange of art and ideas that will flow freely within a globalized context.
Art classes and the photography club create and submit their work while students in information management classes and media science maintain the weblog and manage podcasting. Social studies classes learn the history and culture of New Zealand and England which is enhanced by direct connection with teens from those areas of the world.
During the summer, artwork is chosen for a student-generated global arts calendar which is submitted for production to a professional publisher. Students sell the calendar within the local community and donate the proceeds to an international humanitarian organization.
Students from each region display their works at their local town library to create a connection to their local community.
The project repeats in future years with hopes of including more international students from different parts of the world, creating a true global community of student artists.
For further information, contact:
Theodore R. Opderbeck
School - (201) 652-9000