With Gratitude and Joy we thank you for your Generous Support!
Rising Tower is an organization which creates art projects that promote and create new connections, facilitating learning and building interpersonal networks among children of different languages, cultural backgrounds, and communities.
Cross-cultural friendships, understanding, cultural awareness, knowledge of multiple languages, open communication
Relief of misunderstanding, mistrust, and isolation
Greater Harmony and working for the good of all
All languages, cultures, communities, and individuals
Free and open communication while conveying respect for others where there are differences
Continually growing awareness of knowledge and learning on a worldwide basis
Extending ourselves outside of the constraints of our own cultural boundaries
Projekt Postcard Scholarships! Thanks to our generous schools and private donors this year we will be awarding scholarships to students in students in Uganda, Ecuador and Ohio.
This year we were able to create Projekt Postcard Teacher Exchange programs with participating schools.
Since December 2014; 2000 children from Croatia, Ecuador, Iran, Uganda, Virginia, Ohio- USA have participated in the project.
The children learned about different cultures, languages, geography through Art
For the first time in some schools, Skype sessions and video conferences were introduced in the classrooms.
Internet access is now available in the classroom
In some schools Art education was added to the curriculum
Art workshops were created for teachers so that they would have the proper tools and information for the children.
Participating teachers have been awarded by their school system and their community for participating.
The project gave the teachers an opportunity to work and collaborate at an international level.
Children got the opportunity to exhibit their work in different countries.
Local businesses got involved by giving donations to the schools so the children could participate.
Projekt Postcard has been an added value to all participating schools
The children's horizon and vision has been expanded.
Projekt Postcard is global collaborative arts & culture exchange project that joins together students at the lower elementary level.
It is an exciting, challenging and unique experience that allows professional working artists*, art teachers, students and the community to connect and collaborate.
Professional working artists*
The guest artist for the duration of the project becomes a ‘teaching artist’.
This means that the artist will work as an artist and a working educator.
A working artist is involved in an ongoing process of discovery, problem solving, discipline and refinement of skills in their discipline.
As a working educator it is essential that the artist is also developing a knowledge base and skills to be an effective partner in education.
The working artist must achieve a meaningful balance between these two.
It is also very important that the artists have a deep awareness of what their teaching brings to their art and what their art teaches them about learning.
How its Done :
Project Postcard cultural exchanges are formed by:
Creating new sister schools in different cities around the world
Inviting a profesional artist*
Using Art and Technology as a medium for cultural exchange
Extending our kids vision beyond the constrain of our cultural boundaries
Building interpersonal networks among kids with different language, cultural backgrounds and communities
The children create postcards for each other using any medium available in their art classrooms.
The themes of the art work are about their culture and traditions.
The children work closely with the local artist/ Project Manager and teacher.
This project is about:
The Project encourages a balance between communication at a human to human level and communicating with the latest technology.
This project teaches the students about:
Learning about new languages
Community involvement locally and globally
The process of art creation from professional working local/international artists
They learn how to prepare for an art exhibit
They will have the experience of exhibiting their work locally and internationally
They learn about new cultures and create new friendships
Washington DC, USA