what we do
Through art centered experiences, museum tours, and innovative family workshops, we aim to promote critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity in learners so they can engage with the world in a more meaningful way.
We believe that learning is about free thinking and raising valuable questions rather than memorizing facts and developing obedience. Research has shown that engaging with the arts promotes critical thinking skills, creativity and curiosity; skills that are instrumental.
Through the analysis of and dialogue about the arts, children are able to learn to trust their own judgements, to develop critical thinking skills, to articulate their opinions and give reasons for their views, and appreciate diverse perspectives.
We follow our curiosity. We create an environment where questions are more important than answers.
We use museum collections, works of art, or art making in ways that strengthen student thinking and learning in the arts and beyond. Infusing the art into the general academic subjects such as math, and history, and science, allows for open ended exploration, diverse viewpoints, and critical thinking in topics that are traditionally thought to have right answers.
Children! Art spaces are one of the few spaces where the point is not to get the one right answer. There are lots of different answers, some better than others, but there is no one correct answer. Art engages children in their own thinking, their own creative process, their own imagination. Engaging with the arts provides children with a platform to explore questions, see multiple perspectives, create and learn to trust their own judgments. We believe that these are some of the most important life skills.
Families! We believe in collaborative learning between kids and their grownups. At our family workshops, adults draw inspiration from their children to awaken their inner kid. “Many teachers think of children as immature adults. It might lead to better and more ‘respectful’ teaching, if we thought of adults as atrophied children.” - Keith Johnstone Kids love learning with their grown-ups on an equal playing field and creating lasting positive memories. Adults love reconnecting with the sense of wonder they had as children
From public art to hoity-toity art spaces, we maneuver around the gates of the artworld to explore museums, galleries, studios, art shows, private collections, or even see everyday places through an artful lens.
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