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Children's Art Exhibition

The City of Calgary Recreation Arts Centres have offered visual and performing arts experiences to Calgarians of all ages and abilities for more than 40 years. This year marks a special event for both Wildflower Arts Centre and North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, in partnership with the Calgary Public Library, with the first Digital Children’s Art Exhibition. The first Annual Children’s Art Exhibition opened in 1987 in then-mayor Al Duerr’s offices and has continued each year.

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The Show Must Go On

The temporary closure of the Arts Centres and the Calgary Public Library to help limit the spread of COVID-19 required us to postpone our usual version of the Exhibition, which was to be hosted at Central Library. As they say, “the show must go on” and so the talented teams from the Library and Arts Centres came together to create a brand-new version the Exhibition for all to enjoy.

Each slideshow has 10 unique images of the work created by students. To pause the images or go to the full screen of the slideshow, right-click on the image and select "Show Controls."

Showcasing Imagination, Creativity, and Sheer Joy

The Exhibition’s artworks are created by children ages three to 17 who attend visual arts courses at North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres through the year. The works demonstrate imagination, creativity, and the sheer joy that comes from creating something that expresses your own thoughts and emotions. In addition, there is a discipline and a focus to the works stemming from instruction from professional, experienced local artists.

Celebrating a Year's Worth of Work

The approach at the Arts Centres involves encouragement and patience, with an emphasis on self-expression and technique, in a non-competitive environment. Nurturing curiosity and creativity encourages children to find their own right answer and each year their individual achievements are celebrated with this joyful exhibition.

Building Resilience Through Creative Skills

Reading, thinking, and art-making processes are all vehicles for learning and discovery. They allow children the opportunity to develop skills and competencies to be creative thinkers, to understand that problems have more than one solution and the ability to cope with uncertainty — a very relevant skill for everyone right now!

Creating Meaningful Relationships to the Artwork

There is no wrong way to interpret art. When looking at art with children, asking thoughtful questions about what we’re looking at helps us find answers for ourselves. Here are some questions to ask your child to encourage them to share what they know, sense and feel when looking at this exhibition or other artwork.

Make Your Own Art

Visual literacy, the ability to construct and make meaning from images, is an important skill for the 21st century, and also foundational to a child's learning to read journey. 

Find inspiration in these staff-recommended titles. There's non-fiction books to help guide your own artistic process, as well as fiction books to get your creative juices flowing.

Congratulations to all the young artists and their families!