My grandson, the artist, at work
My four-year-old grandson loves to draw the wind with pink and green crayons. When I first noticed this I asked him to tell me what those squiggly little lines on his paper were. He stopped drawing and looked closely into my eyes as if attempting to discover what was wrong with me. He…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Recent street scene at Serenbe.
Are you old enough to remember the days when every child in your neighborhood had a bike and you knew which bike belonged to which kid?
With apologies to my former, younger self who is now cringing in horror and…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
Take a few minutes to watch a fun little film on play and called "Play". It is from our friends at Play Wales who are quite brilliant when it comes to all things play. (Click on the picture to get the video to play.)
There is a "concept" of play called "loose parts play," that basically means that kids…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 18, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments
Click on this picture to go to the AJC article.
Tomorrow morning will bring an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Play Atlanta and yours truly. It signals the beginning of a refreshed and recharged agenda…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
We have great plans ahead for doing our part to create a more child-friendly environment for children in the City of Atlanta. There is no better place to start that effort than to strengthen our focus on just how playful our city is and what we can all do to make it a better and safer place for our children to play.
Over the hot Atlanta summer months we will…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Without fail the picture gracing the place of honor on my iPhone is of one or more of my grandchildren doing what kids under five do best - playing just for the heck of it. There…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments
“It has never been more…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
An Imagination Playground in Action at Atlanta's Bethune Elementary School
We need to raise $1,000 this week to ship an Imagination Playground to Atlanta's E.L. Connally School in the West End in time to surprise the…Continue
Photo: Lianne Epstein Deren
Today is supposed to be SNOW DAY 2015 in Atlanta. So far, the white stuff has yet to materialize, but most schools are still closed just in case. That means a lot of kids are hanging out at home. I hope they are having as much fun as my friend's son is in his fort (above).…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
For several years as I have worked with children in traumatic circumstances - from those suffering from chronic disease, to…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 18, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments
These 21 swings line a Montreal street every year, and they make beautiful music when they move (click on the picture to see the video.) That's the kind of thing that can make a place special.
Atlanta needs to be special. Not, "Wow, you wouldn't believe all the stuff you can buy here" special, but "Wow, when you're in Atlanta you can just feel the care that goes into everything. It's like…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments
If you talk to grownups who work in the field of play you will soon discover who they go to when they need real information ...kids. Turns out they know a lot about play (even though many don't get to play too much any more). Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with some very creative and very playful children at…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
‘People who grow up in a city that cared for them are more likely to care for their city.’
An interview with Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 28, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments
Check out the New York Times article on cities that are attracting graduates who, in turn, attract business.…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
"Look at them, looking," he once urged me as we watched some children draw- and then he added, "their eyes meeting the world." He wished that schools, especially, would take the child as artist more seriously: "A youngster drawing is a youngster thinking, a youngster telling you a hell of a lot. When will we know that?" When he asked such questions,…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments
Next week the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) will launch the Atlanta Playmaker Registry. Everywhere I go people say they want playgrounds that don't look like they came out of a catalogue, don't cost a fortune, could be something they make themselves, are more artistic, and that really feel like their community.
To make that possible, artists, sculptors,…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Click on photo to see the swings in action.Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 23, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
An artist in Bristol England used play to create an amazing experience for the town. Tens of thousands of people applied to be able to make a run down the slippery slide built down one of the city's main streets. Only 350 or so were selected. This looks like SO much fun.
I think Atlanta should do this in the midst of the hot, hot summer and then…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 8, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments
So excited to finally have Playable Art DC underway. Right now we are looking for 3 perfect sites to place the winning entries. Tell any creative people you know about the competition. It will be open for designs in early June. Let the fun begin!
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 22, 2014 at 11:05am — No Comments
Recent issue of PlayRights, the magazine of the International Play Association
I am struck by how the things I love to do today are so reminiscent of how I played as a child. When I was a little girl I would always get the kids in the…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments