Teaching Children About Cultures of the World

Mandarin Oriental, Boston and The Home for Little Wanderers Create Display of Children's Artwork

Children from The Home for Little Wanderers' Knight Children's Center, a year-round residential and day school treatment program in Jamaica Plain, have created Chinese fans that will be on display at Mandarin Oriental, Boston now through July. The fans were created as part of The Home’s year-long Voices & Visions art project, which teaches positive ways of self-expression and encourages artistic development in children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

"Art can be very therapeutic. It serves as an outlet for many children to express their emotions," said art teacher Annah Jordan. "The children were very excited to put their imaginations to use to create these fans and learn about a new culture."

Jordan taught children to use watercolor paint, paper, glue and popsicle sticks to create their own masterpieces that reflect this year’s Voices & Visions theme, "Cultures of the World." Additionally, The Home’s young artists learned about the history behind fans.

"Fans displayed at Mandarin Oriental, Boston reflect our own signature fan featured in our iconic logo a profoundly meaningful symbol of Oriental culture and part of the hotel’s heritage. A replica of our own signature fan will also be on view as part of this fun display," said Susanne Hatje, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Boston. "We are delighted to support The Home with this special project."

Additional works of art by children in many of The Home’s programs will be on display at the 21st annual Voices & Visions Creative Writing and Art Exhibit on May 12 and 13 and at The Home’s annual Voices & Visions fundraising gala on May 25, 2011. For more information about The Home for Little Wanderers and Voices & Visions, visit www.thehome.org/vv11.


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