Artists and Children Together (ACT) Initiative

Launched in 2013 with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the concept of this initiative was simple: integrate artists into the early years learning environment. Once successfully implemented, MCRC spent another three years moving this important and successful concept into another community organization (See our 2016-2018 ACT Report).

Currently, we are working to further impact positive engagement with community, children, and youth towards language expression through the arts. To do this work, ACT has created a community art studio staffed with two full-time artists. By providing access to the art studio, we are continuing to focus on supporting adult and educator’s work and experiences with art materials through; professional learning experiences, open art exploration times, and artist visits to family and child programs.

"My experience working side by side with an Artist has helped me become an active listener, researcher and observer. I now see that children are constantly researching and testing theories. When given the opportunity to work with materials over extended periods of time, children’s ideas develop and they become more in tune with how the materials work.  Art truly is a language for all.” - Educator

View our Current Events:

Date/Time Event
09/12/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
EarlyON Artists and Families Together Drop In
ACT Art Studio, Milton ON
10/12/2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ACT Adult Drop In
ACT Art Studio, Milton ON
12/12/2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EarlyON Artists and Families Together Drop In
ACT Art Studio, Milton ON
16/12/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
EarlyON Artists and Families Together Drop In
ACT Art Studio, Milton ON
19/12/2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
EarlyON Artists and Families Together Drop In
ACT Art Studio, Milton ON

Visit our Community Art Studio:

Click here to view the 2018 ACT Exhibit

To learn more about the process of research, watch this video which tells a story of educators researching with toddlers in collaboration with an artist.

 

This 3 year ACT initiative is funded through a GROW Grant by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

ACT APPROACH

RESOURCES

Vicky Jenkinson, RECE
Coordinator, Artists and Children Together (ACT)
905-876-1244, ext. 243
vicky.jenkinson@mcrc.on.ca