See what people have to say about us.

“This is our third year partnering with the Rainforest Art project, and we see the impact of the art in relation to our attendance and academics… 

New Connections is a great program, my teachers absolutely love it and the program correlates with national standards. All grade levels at our school use the New Connections program.”

– John Aguilar

Principal, Normal Heights Elementary in San Diego, CA

“Our teachers are so excited about the program. It’s easy to do, interesting, educational... the list goes on. We will be expanding it in the future.”

– Summer Heraz

Principal, Meadows Union School District

“Thank you for making art easy to teach. This program makes it so easy to meet the art standards. Also, the children love it!”

– Marcela Beltran

2nd Grade Teacher

“New Connections art program assists teachers in working on the language development in a very supportive and accessible way.  This art curriculum is a perfect support for our students who are learning English; it helps our students from immigrant families to mitigate language barriers and feel that they are welcome and capable. We have New Connections for all grade levels this year and look forward to running it again next school year.”

– Jose Valdez

Principal, Euclid Elementary in San Diego, CA

“In my 11 years at Wilson, this is by far the best art program I have ever seen. There is a level of engagement that you don’t typically see in classrooms, and by that I mean that the students are not only learning, but they are also enjoying what they are doing.”

– Matt Phillips

Principal of Southwest High School, Former principal of Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in El Centro, CA

“Art is an avenue for helping many of our students connect to school and discovering something about themselves they didn’t know they had.”

– Fernando J. Hernandez

Principal of Perkins Elementary School in San Diego, CA

“My students were so enthused to attend Rainforest Art, and I can truthfully say it was the highlight of our week! They took home beautiful art projects to share and give as gifts to their family. Thank you for such an enriching program for our kids!”

– Ms. Paulette

3rd grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary School in San Diego, CA

“When kids are an active part of their community or school, not only are they enriched but they can give back. Our students have helped make their schools and their community a better place.”

– Dr. Robert Pletka

Superintendent of Fullerton School District

“This is to let you know that your support last year for Bangor School District to receive the Rainforest Art Project curriculum was a big success. The school year ended with an exhibit in the school gym of art projects made with the Rainforest curriculum and art supplies. 

I was recently informed by the District Superintendent that they have purchased additional curriculum and materials from Rainforest for use in the new school year. Thank you so much for your valuable support for arts education in this rural school district. This story has both a happy ending and a new beginning.”

– Jennifer Spangler

Arts Enrichment Coordinator, Butte County Office of Education

“I have a 6th–8th grade class and a 4th–5th class. Both groups of students really enjoyed the project.  As a teacher, I LOVED how the content was arranged on the paper information page and how it matched the video. It was fabulous to be able to have the historical education, and see how the art was used currently. The video instructions were great, and having all of the supplies made it so easy. I would recommend this other teachers!

I have been teaching art in a classroom setting for 12 years and have tried many different programs, this was by far the most simple, easy, and valuable!”

– Ashley Reimer

Art teacher at CORE Butte Charter School in Chico, CA

“The creation of the mosaic was interesting in the way that it  teaches the kids how to use their brain by trying to put tiny pieces together to create a picture.”

– Elena Gorbatyuk


“We piloted New Connections art curriculum this year in several grade levels. Once the teachers had a chance to use the materials and plan the projects to fit into their weekly schedules, well it became a real dynamic process. The students were engaged and inspired. The teachers were surprised at how easy it was for them and how challenging and creative the projects were for their students. They are excited to dig into the lessons next year. What is even better is that all the art is tied to the History standards so they can be done together. This coming year we are going to have all teachers do the curriculum on this site as well as using the after school curricular projects for our ASES art classes.”

– Jeannette Quiroz

Principal, Sunflower Elementary School in El Centro, CA

“We absolutely love the art videos and art projects!”

– Lisa Johnson

1st Grade Teacher

“I love how simple you have made this program for teachers and kids!”

– Katerina Govoni

3rd Grade Teacher

“When I am working on an art project, I get excited. School is school, but when you are creating art, it makes you think outside of what the teachers are telling you to do.”

– Sofonyas Shibre

Rainforest Art Project student at Wilson Middle School in San Diego, CA

“The Rainforest Art Project is one of the few activities where all family members can get involved. The families develop a sense of pride and ownership while they learn more about each other.”

– Marlene Best

City Manager of Santee, CA

“Our office is excited to work with the Rainforest Art Project. They have developed engaging, high-quality curriculum that belongs in every classroom.”

– Dr. Todd Finnell

Imperial County Superintendent of Schools

“For years the Imperial Valley has been plagued by vandalism and graffiti. However, of over one hundred Rainforest Art installations in our community, not one has been the target of such crime.”

– Geoff Dale

Mayor of Imperial Valley, CA

“The team at Rainforest Art Project is so welcoming, friendly, and helpful. They really devoted their time and energy with our kids, and were very patient. The students really enjoyed Makers program, learning how to make a mosaic is really quite amazing. It gives our school a sense of identity. We love it and cannot thank you enough.”

– Ericka Hendrickson

Special Education Teacher at New Dawn High School in San Diego

“I'm going to have a piece of myself at this school. I think it's a timeless piece of art at Orland High School. It's going to be around for a long time and I look forward to coming back and seeing just how big of an impact it has and how long it will be here.”

– Carson Karle

Student at Orland High School in Northern California

“They would eagerly open their books, get out the supplies and start the lesson. I was amazed seeing how much thought went into the lessons and provisions for the art projects. I did not have to add anything but guidance and comments on the lessons. The children learned about other cultures, animals, color blending, and much more and didn’t even consider it lessons. The projects were easily done, with minimal help from grandma. The books were beautifully illustrated and the instructions were clear. Thank you for such an innovative approach to art as learning!”

– Dinah Monahan

Grandmother of twenty-six

"My art classes include not only all grade levels but also different academic levels. I have been able to included  several students from each of my classes. The students just love being a part of such a beautiful project that is going to part of our school for years to come. One particular student who has been working on it since the beginning, came to school and told me that his father was going to enroll him in a different school next year. I told him how sorry I was to hear that and how much I enjoyed his help. He came in after the weekend and told me that his father had changed his mind. The student had gone home and told him about all of the projects (including the mosaic downtown) that he was involved in and that he really wanted to stay at Orland High. His father had not realized how involved he was and how much he was enjoying OHS. He will be back next year!
Thank you for continued support of the Art program. It really feeds the soul."

– Molly Wallace

Art teacher at Orland High School in Orland, CA

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