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Kidspace Opens It's Elementary at MASS MoCA

It's Elementary!, co-organized by Kidspace with the Art and Art Education Department at the Teachers' College Columbia University, opens October 12, 2006, in Kidspace at MASS MoCA. The exhibition will bring together the historic and contemporary artwork of young students from many nations, marking the first time that Kidspace will feature a totally youth-made art exhibition, as well as its first exhibition to include historical artwork, some of which date back 50 years.

It's Elementary!, will lead visitors of all ages to consider youths' methods of artistic expression, as well as build appreciation and empathy for children throughout the world. Work featured in It's Elementary!, was selected from five collections of children's art including:  Teachers College -- Edwin Ziegfeld Collection -- works by teenagers post World War II from: Morocco, Japan, South Africa, Trinidad, Luxemburg, Egypt, The Netherlands, Canada, Austria, Scotland, the former U.S.S.R., Germany, and the U.S.A.  The collection was assembled by Professor Edwin Ziegfeld, then Chair of Art and Education at Teachers College Columbia University.  Teachers College -- Angiola Churchill Collection -- paintings (1950-1960s) from Japan and the U.S.A.  She recently donated her collection of international children's artwork from the 1950s and 60s to Teachers College. 

Additional opening celebration programs are: Seeing What Your Children Say: Interpreting Children's Artwork, a lecture by Dr. Judith M. Burton, professor of art education, Teachers College Columbia University on Wednesday, October 11, 5:00 P.M.

This article appeared in the October 4, 2006 edition of the

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