Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Upcoming Events: Children's Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter

Did you ever notice how the moment you begin to think (or write) about a topic, the world provides new ideas and new resources?

Yesterday's email blast from PNCA (Pacific NW College of Art)  offered a perfect example of synchronicity, and a fabulous opportunity for those of us interested in kids and creativity to learn more about Why the Visual Arts Matter. This series of upcoming events include free seminars, an exhibition of children's art, and a series of  workshops, all focused on creative arts education.

PNCA hosts Portland's first children's creativity symposium, Children's Creativity: Why the Visual Arts Matter, November 11-14, focusing on the relevance of artistic processes of inquiry, reflection, and expression to the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children.

A range of symposium activities, including workshops and lectures, will report on and explore the growing body of evidence that the arts nurture and develop complex thinking and communication skills. Featured speakers include authors/professors Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz and Dr. Lois Hetland.
An arts education is now recognized as providing key tools for the development of metaphorical thinking, the ability to creatively problem-solve, and life-long learning. Fulfilled and productive participation in the cultural, social, and economic processes of the 21st Century society is a key aspect of a creative arts education. Join PNCA for this groundbreaking series that explores the breadth and depth of an arts education.
Complementing the symposium, Imagine: 100 Years of Work from PNCA's Children's Art Archives, features work by generations of children taught in PNCA's Youth Program. The exhibition is curated by Sally Lawrence, PNCA President Emerita and Amy Williams, former PNCA Youth Art Program Director, with additional support from long-time Youth Program faculty Bonnie Allen and MaryEllen Hartman.

For more information, and to register :
And, if you attend any of these events, please use the comment box below to share what you've learned.