Art Education is Our Mission
Studies have shown that children enter public schools with highly creative powers. They reach the peak of their imaginative abilities by the third grade, and from then on, they are socialized out of creativity towards conformity. Linear and convergent thinking forms the basis of school curricula for the rest of their school careers.
The Children’s Arts Centre will serve schools and families with children from pre-school to grade 12 by providing a world class, creative, full service art educational centre. For children, the Centre will:
- Provide a creative environment with practices specifically for children.
- Be a place where students can learn to think visually and creatively.
- Foster critical creative thinking that nurtures an entrepreneurial mind set in children.
- Empower imagination, inspiration and natural talent.
- Deliver solid art education within an academic structure.
- Ensure that children can use their creative energy to learn in an active, kinesthetic manner.
- Provide a safe and healing space for art therapy for children to heal from trauma and abuse.
- Include digital media strategies in the delivery of curriculum of art appreciation, and studio.
The Children’s Arts Centre will also increase Calgary’s cultural footprint with a destination art hot spot featured in a Calgary’s core and housed in inspired world class architecture. It will offer contemporary and interactive cultural diversity and enriching cultural experiences for the future generation of 21st century learners.
Throughout the summer, the Centre will provide full summer camp programs, art workshops and special training opportunities. It will also provide desperately needed support and infrastructure to the Southern Alberta School Systems, including all public and Catholic schools systems, private and charter schools, by providing hundreds of free school visits per year. It will also host thousands of family visits each year.
The Centre will consciously adopt museum and gallery pedagogical principles and include a network of professional art educators, artists and art guides to allow children to more fully access the fine arts in cooperation with their academics at school.
In addition, the Centre will lead and support schools in helping students to actualize their creative potential.