There are numerous personal and professional experiences over the past 50 years that have motivated the creation of our Collection. Some may ask why we called it “Children’s Design” instead of “Children’s Art”? One of the reasons has to do with the notion of intention. This most interesting article by Dr. Heather Malin is an excellent read for understanding what motivated us in the first place: Making Meaningful: Intention in Children’s Art Making
Today is the International Archives Day. Visit the International Council on Archives and take the time to celebrate this essential social activity that continues to benefit generations and civilization.
Today is also the day we start our first ever online fundraising campaign. Please follow our secured link to our CanadaHelps page and make a donation.
That you can read French or not will not matter much for appreciating the more than 200 children drawings from 11 parts of the world. Each presents local traditions and domestic life. Find more about this anthropological endeavor its authors from one of the publishers that made it possible : Institut de Recherche pour le Développement.
We would like to thank Brigitte Langevin for the kind letter of support that she sent us. Ms. Langevin is a prolific author and strong advocate of sleep hygiene. She is a busy guest speaker. Visit her web site (in French) https://brigittelangevin.com/fr/a-propos
This is the first known published in depth study of children’s art. It was first written in Italian by Corrado Ricci (1858-1934) and has been published in various languages for over 120 years and counting.
A copy published in 1887 found a home at Toronto’s Robarts Library and can be viewed as an open library edition on Archive.org
We are grateful to Brenden and the whole team at the Little Free Library for letting us drop some of our bookmarks in the tiny homes. The word is out and if you would like to help us distribute them across North America, please let us know.
Our many thanks go to Jerry Rivard (www.rivardit.com ). Jerry has been an awesome web development coach to us. He has his costumers’ needs and autonomy always in check. Our website may not have the fancy glittery plugins many surfers have come to expect, but in keeping it simple, we keep it efficient and maintenance smart. All done on a volunteer basis (with a little help from our friend), so far.
For this first blog post, our many thanks go to the founders of CDIC-CIDE. Léo, Liliane, Alain and Andrée did a great job in developing and adopting several key policies in record time over the past few months. Please take the time to visit the policy page and learn more about where we are going with this wonderful organization.