Jowonio Children’s Projects
Artists in Residence: 2002 – 2012
Tyler Art Gallery @ SUNY Oswego in Syracuse
Reception: Thursday, April 26: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Jowonio’s mission is to provide model-inclusive programs for young children, where diversity is celebrated and all are free to learn and grow. Located in Syracuse, NY, Jowonio began in 1969 as an alternative school for children whose families wanted a more open and individualized approach than they felt they could find in a public setting. The name Jowonio comes from the word in the Onondaga nation language which means “to set free.” The school’s founders chose this name because they believed that education should be freeing minds and emotions to learn and grow, freeing individuals from stereotypes and prejudices. From the beginning, Jowonio accepted a wide range of children; the school has operated as a planful inclusive educational program where typical children and children with special needs can learn in the same classrooms.
Each project is made up of examples of group work, some as few as 16, others as many as 48 individuals making contributions. For a decade Jowonio found grant funding for artists-in-residence projects. During that time NYSCA, Partners in Arts Education, and Decentralization grants were available to preschool populations; after 2012 only K-12 public schools were eligible. The artist in residence projects provided semester long contact, enriching curriculum, and providing a lasting impact on the visual culture.
Monday – Friday: 8 – 4:30
Evenings and Weekends: Variable (please call for hours)
This exhibition is free and open to the public and is sponsored by
SUNY Oswego Department of Art and Design, Tyler Art Gallery and ARTSwego
For more information about exhibitions at SUNY Oswego in Syracuse, contact
Amy Bartell, Coordinator of Community Arts Programming: firstname.lastname@example.org