May 4, 2013 - June 1, 2013
Opening Reception: May 5, 2013, 10:30 am-1:00 pm
Young children aged one to six years from 17 children’s programs in Hamilton will see their theories and perceptions reflected in an exhibit at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts.
The Artists at the Centre project brings 7 local artists into child care and family resource centres to support the children as they become more articulate in using art media as languages. The project is inspired by world-renowned programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Artists Jason Avery, Dawn White Beatty, Judi Burgess, Kathy Cope, Kelly Jonathan, Marla Panko and Joan Urquhart spend one or two half-days each week with the children and early childhood educators in McMaster Children's Centre, several Umbrella Family and Child Centres located in elementary schools, Today’s Family Children's Centres in Hamilton and Dundas, Together for Families at Mohawk College, Niwasa Early Learning and Child Care Centre, and three other Ontario Early Years Centres. The process of the collaboration between children, educators, and artists is documented through photos and transcribed conversations. This documentation is displayed with the artwork, allowing the viewers to see the power of children’s thinking.