"For Us by Us: Children’s Picture Books to Promote Solidarity and Acceptance in the Age of Refugees”
Dr. April Mandrona’s most recent research focuses on the self-determination and well-being of refugee children in Halifax through art-making and book production. The study has three objectives: 1. To develop innovative, child-centred approaches to picture book making that promote acceptance of and solidarity with refugees; 2. To amplify the voices and engagement of children through activities that encourage their creative input and decision-making; and 3. To produce picture books to be used with schools, community organizations, and existing refugee integration initiatives. In my Dr. Mandrona’s presentation, she outlines the impetus for this project and the roles of art making in the development of social connections across difference.
Dr. April Mandrona is Assistant Professor of Art Education in the Division of Art History & Contemporary Culture at NSCAD University. She was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Dr Mandrona received her doctorate in Art Education from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is an active member of the Institute for Human Development and Well-being and the Centre for Visual Methodologies for Social Change at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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