Ar·ti·fact: /ˈär də fakt/ an object made by a human being; typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

From Latin arte ‘by or using art’ + factum ‘something made’

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Art-i-Facts is a classroom-to-classroom international virtual collaboration about the everyday objects that make up our unique culture. Classrooms in the USA are being paired with groups of students abroad, and together, they exchange photos, writing, and a “culture box” of objects–in other words, a collection of artifacts–to learn more about the lives of kids around the world.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation and additional support from the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, a total of 14 teachers from G-Star High School of the Arts, West Boca High School, Wellington High School, HL Watkins Middle School, Palmetto Elementary, and UB Kinsey Elementary in Palm Beach County, Florida and 14 teachers from Nepal, India, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, Indonesia, Egypt, and Ireland are receiving, for free, all of the materials and lesson plans they need to carry out this creative collaboration.

In addition to learning from Blue Planet Global Education professionals, teachers will also receive professional development on curation, labeling of exhibits, and digital museums from Dr. Sandra Norman, Associate Professor and Dr. Candace Cunningham, Assistant Professor in the department of History at Florida Atlantic University.

At the end of the project, students will get to see their work exhibited online in a global, digital museum that can be shared with other classrooms, parents, and the community.

In addition, thanks to Dr. Tom Pearson, Executive Director of the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, students will experience the thrill of seeing their work exhibited in an actual gallery at the Armory in June 2021.

We’ll update this page as our exciting project progresses; be sure to check back!