I am halfway through my summer programming, and in mid-August, I'll have one week off. I'm beginning to plan a one-night trip to Vancouver, BC, and some surrounding towns to visit some inspiring early childhood spaces.
Urban Source is an alternative art material shop that functions a bit in the style of ReMida. They use recycled materials from different local industries, find innovative uses for the materials, and they work most often with artists and educators. I have been to the ReMida in Reggio Emilia, but have not had the opportunity to see a North American version.
I have to go to The Wonder of Learning exhibit: it will be in Vancouver until December. I had the opportunity to interact in the Ray of Light Atelier in Reggio Emilia in 2009, but The Wonder of Learning exhibit is much more than just that.
I just learned about Little Treasures, a shop that sells "beautiful and creative materials for children". Looking at their photos, it almost seems like a vintage or second hand shop geared towards creation and dramatic play, and I love that concept! I know I'll find myself wanting to buy some things that I know I'll want for the future, but don't need for the nature of my current work! I'm really looking forward to that stop.
I don't think that a trip to Vancouver would be complete without going to Collage Collage. I read about it a few years back, while still in Brussels, and the space seems to have evolved since the first time I saw images. It looks beautiful, and like a place that a child would love to be.
I'm in a bit of a plan-making stage in my career as an educator, and I hope that Vancouver will be the first of many little visits I make in the next year, taking in some inspiring spaces and getting the focus of my own work clearer. Are you in the Vancouver area? Should we have a coffee?