One of our founding member, Liliane Masengo, is not only a respected teacher but also the author of a book on human rights for children: Il était une fois les droits de l’homme. The book is available online, for example from Barnes & Noble.
Liliane belongs to a little known group of teachers who have left their mark on literature about the place of children in society and children’s experiences. Another good example is the hundred-year-old book by Alice Descoeudres: L’enfant, le militaire et la guerre. This book can be viewed online, thanks to the Archives Institut Jean-Jacques Rousseau, at Université de Genève.
In the United States, a network of public libraries and their sponsors reacted to cuts in arts education in the school, by creating after school programs: PROJECTART. Famous artists have donated their childhood art in support of their cause: My Kid Could Do That.
Books published for simply enjoying children drawings and words for their own sake, are rare. There is a need for more of them and Vote For Love proves it. First published in 1976 by the late British actor, film director producer and novelist Bryan Forbes, and compiled by his wife and actress Nanette Newman, the cherished book is still on the market (online anyway) some forty plus years later.
At CDIC-CIDE, we long to know… Were any of the originals saved? We will ask around and let everyone know if there is time to rejoice.
Make sure to share with us on Instagram. It is a good way to show and share what is out there. If you see something that you think should be part of our collection, please say so and share a link to our website. Our volunteer blogger Josh will be glad to share or follow your posts.
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