Do you ever think it's weird that people derive meaning from numbers and symbols? We look at 2 + 2 and we not only know what the symbol and numbers mean, we know how to connect them in our heads to make something new, something more, 4.
We recognize, read and interpret symbols every day. The MacKenzie's award-winning education programs make visual literacy, and experiencing what art has to offer, as easy and natural as 2+2. Watch the video to see how.
The vision of the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s education programming is to:
- make the arts accessible to all
- encourage people to make art and explore their own creative potential
- use art to break down barriers and foster dialogue and understanding
- help people investigate the issues, histories and ideas at play in artists' work
- build appreciation for the contributions our artists make
- increase people's understanding of the value of art galleries as vital and significant educational resources for the community.
To this end, we have art education programs for adults and children at the MacKenzie. We also offer programs for schools that are developed in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, Regina School Boards, the University of Regina Arts Education Program and school administrators and teachers across Saskatchewan. And our Urban Outreach program, recognized nationally as a model program, is helping to bridge cultural divides and create opportunities for young people to connect with their community through art.
I volunteer because I love art and because the people at the MacKenzie are wonderful, caring, and sharing people. I find working in the Gallery Shop extremely fulfilling because I feel that I am now a part of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, thanks to Michael, John, and the inspiring volunteers and staff I have met over the almost twenty wonderful years I have been at the Gallery. Shirley Bonic, MacKenzie Volunteer for 19 years