Summer has, once again, vanished all too quickly. With change as a constant, we wanted to share some of the changes in the Center’s Archival Project. Kris Santos, who has been expertly organizing the Center’s archives, has taken a full-time position as an archivist with the New York Foundation of the Arts, but will continue to advise and consult with us. In turn, we are pleased to welcome Michelle de la Cruz as our resident archivist. She will be joined by Jeanie Yeo, who will continue her work with the Center, focusing on creating a historical context for the Center and its archives.
As the new school year begins, we are reminded how important it is for children to preserve, essentially to acknowledge and share, the vibrant qualities of their own inner life, their own play and imagining. The arts can so often act as a natural way of keeping these aspects of knowing and understanding alive to each child. And like caring and inquisitive archivists, children are also capable and eager to reach into their own expressiveness – and bring to the surface, as did 5th grader Julia, a vital moment of her inner world of play.
“When my mind plays it goes surfing on ideas, then settles down to build on them, soon racing away to find more play areas, exploring, pedaling hard, streaking across the sky, soaring like a bird, spinning all around with a big grin. I see fish jumping up. I see the stars and sun in the sky. I found my play area . . .“