PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS
OneWorld Classrooms has worked with the following organizations to build global awareness and cross-cultural understanding around the world:
Boston’s oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world’s most comprehensive art collections, featuring collections from six continents. OneWorld Classrooms partners with the MFA’s Community and School Programs offices to bring our K-12 Global Art Exchange to Boston area Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Centers and K-12 schools. Boston area schools and after school programs may arrange guided, self-guided, Artful Adventures and What Artist Do tours at the MFA in conjunction with the K-12 Global Art Exchange. Student art from the program is also available on the MFA’s Educators Online Gallery.
The Peace Corps is a U.S. government-sponsored overseas volunteer program established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship. Peace Corps volunteers in 30+ countries around the world have helped OneWorld Classrooms coordinate artwork, music, PowerPoint, Skype and video exchanges with partner classes in the U.S. through our K-12 Global Art Exchange and World Classroom Adventures programs.
WorldTeach is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. WorldTeach volunteers in eight countries have helped OneWorld Classrooms coordinate artwork, music, PowerPoint, Skype and video exchanges with partner classes in the U.S. through our K-12 Global Art Exchange and World Classroom Adventures programs.
The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) harnesses the power and joy of music to unite Boston’s diverse communities and inspire social change. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), students learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony. BCC Executive Director David Howse has served as a mentor to OneWorld Classrooms Executive Director Paul Hurteau through Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership program. BCC also displayed OneWorld Classrooms global student art exhibit, My Culture: My World, at one of its spring 2012 concerts.
AlliancExchange is a nonprofit organization based in Somerville, MA that provides scholarships to 34 middle and high school students in the Amazon Rain Forest region of Ecuador. For the past two years, AlliancExchange has supported our World Classrooms Adventure: Amazon Rain Forest program, providing paint and art/school supplies for participating Amazon schools and sponsoring the participation of seven schools and after school programs in Maine and the Boston area (through a grant with IBM).
The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation
The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, which funds efforts to promote arts education, has supported OneWorld Classrooms K-12 Global Art Exchange with an annual grant since 2001.
The Freeman Foundation’s major objectives include strengthening the bonds of friendship between the United States and the countries of the Far East. Through education and educational institutes, the Foundation aims to develop a greater appreciation of oriental cultures, histories, and economies in the U.S. and a better understanding of the American people and of American institutions and purposes by the peoples of East Asia. The Freeman Foundation awarded OneWorld Classrooms a grant to help develop its online resource Cultural Profiles of Historic and Modern China, currently available through our Student to Student Language Lab.
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc. is interested in studying the relationship between art, culture and humanity. The Foundation has a particular focus on the ancient art of the Himalayas, with the related goal of exploring the relationships between this art and that of other cultures. Other areas of particular interest include the celebration of ethnic and cultural diversity which simultaneously encourages inter-group understanding, and cultural and arts programs which encourage individual and community identity. The Foundation’s Himalayan Art website is a virtual museum and international research database containing over 20,000 images, 15,000 records, and 1000 thematic sets. It contains art from both the foundation and the Shelley and Donald Rubin personal collection. The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc. awarded OneWorld Classrooms two grants to help develop its online resource Cultural Profiles of Historic and Modern China (including an extensive section on Tibet), currently available through our Student to Student Language Lab.