The Henderson Fine Arts Center has been selected to host the international educational exhibit, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children” from January 31, 2013 – June 14, 2013.
The media is invited to a press conference Friday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Henderson Fine Arts Center (2660 South Green Street, Henderson, KY) to see the installation of the exhibit and learn more about events surrounding the exhibit. Staff will be on hand to answer interview questions. The exhibit travels only in North America, but there are similar exhibits that travel in Europe, Asia and South America.
It has previously only been on display in larger cities in North America, including Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, B.C. Henderson is the first city of its size to have the honor of hosting such an exhibit. The traveling exhibition recounts the experiences of infant-toddler centers, preschools and primary schools in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This calls international attention to the importance of education and schools as places for discussion and mutual exchange.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is a style of learning, which was started by educator Loris Malaguzzi after World War II in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Individuals in the town believed the sadness and destruction of the war called for a new approach to teaching. Believing that the early years are some of the most important to child development, the approach is based on principles of respect, responsibility, exploration and discovery during this time. Students are taught based on various interests of the children in a self-guided curriculum. This method is used in several schools and centers in the United States, as well as overseas.
For more information about “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibit please visit www.wonderoflearningINKY.org, www.reggiochildren.com or www.reggioalliance.org. You may also call the Tourist Commission at 1-800-648-3128 for questions.