Bringing the Arts to the Everyday Lived Experiences of Young Children

Keywords: art education, arts and children, arts-based education research, Balinese artists, cross-cultural, holistic, spirituality


The purpose of this arts-based education research was to explore the complex art forms in Bali, Indonesia, for a cross-cultural understanding of the everyday importance of the arts in the teaching and learning of young children. Five Balinese artists and one Javanese artist were interviewed to discuss their journeys as artists from a young age, their practicing art forms, and perceptions of the importance of the arts in their communities, cultural identity, and in the everyday lived experiences of children. While there is literature on the historical and complex art forms of Bali, giving context to the importance of time and place and hierarchies of the culture, little is documented on the interconnection between the arts as a paradigm that shapes culture and informs an understanding of the arts as important to teaching and learning. This research experience aimed to deepen the researcher’s understanding of how the arts are embodied and woven together in Balinese culture, and how this knowledge can be connected to the teaching and learning of children in the Canadian context.

Author Biography

Marni J. Binder, Ryerson University

Marni J. Binder is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Her research, teaching, artistic practice and publications in the arts, literacy, multimodalities, and spirituality in the lives of young children are rooted in arts-based education research approaches and a holistic philosophy. An important part of her recent work is bringing creativity to the scholarship of teaching and learning, mentorship of faculty and students, and a focus on wellbeing through mindfulness practices and the arts.


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