Jo Edmondson who has been a Kidspace intern for the past half year or so will be leaving us soon and offers these reflections on her time at Kidspace and MASS MoCA.
Before we go into the museum let’s all take out our keys. Wait… you can’t find your key. Dig deeper, mine is bright orange with gold glitter, it is sticky and bendy. This key will be used to open our imaginations. Sometimes your key is on top of your head, or maybe sitting on your shoulder. Now that we all have our keys, let’s put on our big museum hats. My hat is three feet tall, black velvet, with red and orange polka dots, these hats will transform us to a new place. Today we are going to be transported into the sky, fly with the birds.
In my work at Kidspace I have tried to reflect diversity, global social issues, and our contemporary culture through the art that I teach; allowing students to express their own voice through their art and to question the world through observation of artists and their works. Art teaches us valuable lessons in life and a certain logic in thought process which can be translated to other areas of study. Kidspace provides children with a great sense of accomplishment and self esteem. We are in the business of stimulating the imagination and causing children to dare to dream.
Each child has brought something new to my life, a new question, a new answer, a new interpretation, a new perspective. If you watch close enough you will see a trail of magic dust follow each of children as they skip and explore the gallery space.
A magical pipe cleaner tree for caterpillars, a blue robins egg nest made from a coffee filter, a wire rollercoaster made for ants and of course a wood block with a painted circle, a portal to the universe.
This is what I take with me when I leave MASS MoCA, the stories of a world that exists in our imagination. In a time when life can be a little hard, when we are challenged as a community and as a people, it is important to learn from these kids. A little imagination and creativity can go a long way to making the world a better place.