To support: The continuation of the development and expansion of LitLinks, an
Internet-based arts education program that combines literature and art with
technology to inspire a new generation of readers. LitLinks' Internet-based
artist-in-residence programs provide low-income youth access to professional
artists of color who create work for young audiences. These residencies engage
youth in a specific project and culminate with the artists' day-long visit to
participating schools. Awarded NEA funds will allow CBP to expand the number of
Internet-based residencies from 10 in FY 1999-2000 to 20 in FY 2000-2001, and to
carry them out at 5 new national sites.
Each residency includes a specific project the students will complete; the
projects are designed by the artist with input from classroom teachers and CBP's
Arts Education Program Director. In the first phase, the artist meets the
students through a videoconference. During the second stage, the artists conduct
a series of lessons through computer conferencing and email. In the residency's
third stage, the artist visits the site in-person to complete the project. The
residency concludes with a public event involving the parents, youth and
educators and a publication featuring the residency participants' best work.
During the grant period LitLinks residencies will take place at 10 schools in
San Francisco, Oakland, Mountain View/Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Denver,
Austin, Washington DC, Minneapolis, New York City and Savannah.
CBP's website will include a LitLinks webpage featuring selections from the most
successful Internet-based residency projects. CBP's on-line publication wilt be
a valuable resource for teachers and students.