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

In 2018 specifically, many of our teams focused on developing research questions in their classrooms, which was the focus of our 3rd Exhibit.

 

 

Click here to view high resolution Exhibit panels

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