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).
Moving forward to 2019, to further impact positive engagement with community, children, youth, and language expression though the arts; MCRC will continue to focus on supporting adult/educator’s work and experiences with art materials, create a community Art Studio with two full-time artists, and engage the Indigenous communities in the delivery of their history through art.
"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
In 2018 specifically, many of our teams focused on developing research questions in their classrooms, which was the focus of our 3rd Exhibit.
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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.