Magic Employment Opportunity

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Part Time Arts Administrator

The Magic of Children in the Arts is hiring a part time arts administrator to assist in all of the tasks required for managing an art exhibition and more.

Eligibility: Youth ages 18-30 years

Job Description

Contract Position
Volunteer Management
Exhibition Management
Website Updates
Social Media
Art Class Administration
Flexible Hours (some weekends required)

Skills & Requirements

Good Communicator
Social Media Skills
Computer Skills: Word, Excel
Graphic Design- Adobe Creative Suite (asset)
Strong Organization & Management Skills
Excellent People Skills
Proficient in Writing

This position features flexible hours and includes both working from home and some onsite office hours. Access to a computer is essential.

Please send a cover letter and resume to apply asap by email to: Lory MacDonald

Applications close on Oct 10, 2017

Interviews are Oct 13, 2017

Anticipated Start Date Oct 15, 2017
Wage $18 per hr., 10+ hrs per week.



Affordable Art Classes- Launching Oct 21st, 2017

Over the years we have been asked over and over about affordable art classes for children. We are finally able to do it! Saturday art classes will begin on Oct 21st and run until the end of June 2018. The art classes will be held on Saturdays for two age groups: Art Sprouts age 4-7 years in the mornings 10am - 11:30am, and Art Jam for age 8 - 13 years from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

The classes are grouped into a series of 4-week blocks. Art Sprouts will be $45 for the 4-weeks, and Art Jam classes will be $65 for the 4-weeks. This includes all materials.

The website is now updated so you can register online. Space is limited. Please book early.

The classes will be held above the National Bank in their Community Room.

Kids- Get your artwork ready for the 2017 art exhibition

It is time to get your artwork ready for the upcoming 2017 Magic of Children in the Arts Show. Children who live in the Collingwood and Clearview region are eligible to participate. Open to age 4-13 years old. We are celebrating Canada'[s 150th Birthday in 2017. Our themes will for artwork will reflect how the children feel about Canada.


The rules are simple!

If you live in Collingwood or Clearview Township you can enter the show on your own or through your school if they are participating.  Kindergarten through Grade 8 students, home-schooled children and any club members are eligible.
There is no cost to participate.

1.  Create your artwork

Choose from one of the following themes
1. Imagine: Our Future Habitat
2. Imagine: Your Portrait in the Future
3. Imagine: Your Favorite Things About Canada
4. Imagine: Your Imaginary Canadian Creature
Maximum including mounting is 16x20 inches. Sculpture is 8 x 8 x 10 inches.
Paint, crayon, pastel, collage, mixed media, coloured pencil etc.

FREE Art Workshop Option

You may choose ONE FREE art workshop. Open to Kindergarten through Grade 8 students, Collingwood and Clearview residents. Registration is required.
The Collingwood Public Library in the Free Schools World Literacy Community Room.
Saturdays on Jan 21, 28, Feb 4 or 11, 2017
1pm to 3pm.
Register for free workshop
Contact Collingwood Public Library Front Desk to register 705-445-1571. Space is limited.

Return of your artwork
Artwork will be returned to your school after April 28th. Home schooled children can pick up their artwork at the Library front desk until May15, 2017.

2.  Artist’­s statement

Tell us about your artwork. Tell a story!  Detach the Artist’s Statement form in this brochure and secure it to the front of your artwork in the bottom right corner.
ALSO write your name, grade, school & phone
number on the BACK of your artwork.
Tip: The Artist’s Statement is a chance for you to explain what is going on in your picture. Use your imagination! Tell a story.
You can download extra copies of this entry form at

3. Drop off your artwork

Artwork can be mounted on paper, bristol board or matted, but not framed. Canvas is also accepted.  Maximum size is 16x20 inches.
Drop off Dates
Saturday Feb 18 from 12 pm to 4 pm or
Sunday Feb 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Collingwood Public Library 705-445-1571
55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1J9  

4. Visit the show 

Bring your family and friends to see the show during regular library hours.

Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The artwork is displayed throughout the library and organized by grade. A handy map is available at the front desk.

Schools are welcome to plan a class trip to see the artwork. Contact the library to make arrangements. 705-445-1571.

5. New * Press Gallery

The grades 7 and 8 art exhibition is moving to the Press Gallery, across the street from the library to the Simcoe Theatre at 65 Simcoe St, Collingwood, ON
This opportunity will give your age group a more mature experience in a professional gallery setting.
We encourage all grade 7 and 8 students to submit artwork to ensure a robust exhibition at the Press Gallery.
A separate art opening is planned April 22 during the Earth Day celebration with entertainment and hors d’oeuvres.

6.   Celebrate!

Please join us for the Magic of Children in the Arts Award Receptions.

Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 6

Saturday April 8, 2017
1 pm to 4 pm
Pick up your prize package, see the show and celebrate at the Collingwood Public Library. Bring your family to enjoy refreshments, music and activities.

Grades 7 and 8

Saturday April 22, 2017
1 pm to 4 pm
Pick up your prize package, see the show and celebrate at the Press Gallery, 65 Simcoe St, Collingwood, ON (across from the library).
Bring your family and friends to enjoy refreshments, music and activities.



Why the arts are important in schools

An art workshop in Mountain View School in preparation for the Magic of Children exhibition. Research shows the benefits to children from arts in the classroom.

An art workshop in Mountain View School in preparation for the Magic of Children exhibition. Research shows the benefits to children from arts in the classroom.

There's no lack of research on the benefits of the arts in education, including their vital role in today's high-tech world.  The importance of art in schools is an especially hot topic today, when in-class opportunities are hard to come by.

That's why this year's Magic of Children team ran more than 40 art workshops in Collingwood and Clearview Township schools in the lead-up to the 2016 exhibition (March 4 through April 28 at Collingwood library).  Teachers were especially appreciative. Here's just one example of a testimonial to one of the workshop leaders, who were all professional artists or art teachers. 

"On behalf of my wonderful grade 5 students, thank you for coming in to our class to share your talent and expertise. We all enjoyed our time with you creating pieces of watercolor - your mentorship was inspiring to all.  Once again, another amazing workshop provided by Magic of Children in the Arts!!!

Mountainview School, Michelle Fabian

Al Hearn, a Ph.D. in education involved with Magic of Children, itemizes the benefits this way:
• Development of motor skills through manipulating brushes and other tools
• Language development when describing the art they are seeing and creating
• Decision making when making the many choices it takes to create an art piece
• Visual learning which is important for the heavily graphic centered world and
• Improved academic performance in all subject areas because of developing creativity.

See a full gallery of the 1,001 art works submitted by K-to-8 children for the 2016 exhibition here.

The Art is In!

More than 900 pieces of art - from collages to paintings to sketches - arrived on the weekend at the Collingwood Public Library, where Canada's largest children's art exhibition runs March 4 to April 28.

Saturday and Sunday saw dozens of teachers and parents drop off piled-high bundles of art to volunteers, who logged and sorted the colorful entries from students in JK through Grade 8. 

Here are just a few examples from the hundreds of entries that will be professionally mounted and put on display.

Local artist Lory MacDonald, who founded Magic of Children in the Arts in 1994, says the children's creativity turns the library into an enchanting art scene

"Everyone marvels at this show. By acknowledging the children's creativity in the library gallery, we plant the seed for a lifetime of arts appreciation and participation. It is truly a wonderful event."

Each artwork is reviewed by professional artists and a prize of art materials is awarded to celebrate the unique talents of every child who participates. The exhibition is open to the public. All events are at the Collingwood library. There is no charge to enter. All the workshops are free.


  • Community Art Star Workshop - March 12 and 13. Registration required 704-445-1571
  • Family Art Day - Sunday April 17 from 1pm-4pm. Registration required 704-445-1571
  • Prize Day  – Saturday April 2, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Fun, food & music. Pick up your prize and celebrate. Open to anyone to attend. Collingwood Public Library.

Canada's largest children's art exhibition is a celebration that showcases artwork by children from Collingwood and Clearview. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2016,  Magic of Children in the Arts is  a registered charitable organization. Its mission is to inspire and encourage children to create and celebrate art, not just by entering works in the annual exhibition, but also through online art activities on the website.



Magic of Children in the Arts- Take in weekend 2016

It was a busy weekend at the Collingwood Public Library with our awesome volunteers collecting, sorting and entering hundreds of children's art pieces into our data base. Many dedicated teachers took time out of their weekend to make sure their students work was submitted on time. Thank you!!

We had a great team of volunteers: Thank you to Sharon Stewart, Marianne Lepa, Ron Domerchie, Florijan Papa, Haley, Sadie, Yvonne Gibson, Joan Walters, Pam Burbidge and Pat McCrindle! You were super organized! Thank you Melanie Vollick for taking photos of over 900 artworks.

It was a lot of fun seeing the variety and great artwork come in! Congratulations kids for your hard work!  Our talented Magic Teaching Team delivered 42 art workshops for the children in the libraries and local schools over the past month in preparation for the show: Thank you Sabrina Parrish, Jordan Eveland, Shelley Hannah, Ayrlie MacEachern, and Bev Stableforth. This is going to be the best show ever!


Hummingbird Montessori school teacher delivering her students artwork.

Magic of Children 2015~ a record year in entries!!

The 2015 Magic of Children in the Arts was another stellar year with several FIRSTS!

  • The show ran for TWO Months for the first time from March 3-April 28 2015
  • We had a record number of children participate- 679!
  • We brought in two Art Stars to lead a fantastic weekend-long Mind-Craft Sculpture Installation at the Collingwood Public Library. Over 50 kids helped Anne Barber and Brad Harley from Shadowland Theatre create a painted cardboard replica of downtown Collingwood. It was a lot of fun and the kids did a fantastic job.
  • We had an Art Print Satellite Show at the Press Room Gallery across the street. Prints were made of a selection of the children's artwork and displayed on the walls for a month.
  • We sold a few of the prints for $5 each.
  • We expanded our outreach teaching program to include 2-3 visits to participating schools.
  • We had classrooms from Collingwood schools drop in and visit the show.
  • We had a record number of kids enjoy the free Library art artworks leading up the show.

Magic of Children in the Arts 2015

Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe we are getting ready for the 21st annual Magic of Children in the Arts Show. Kids!! Start painting! Get you artwork ready on your own or come to the library for a free workshop. To register for an art class, contact Dorothy Gerbert at the Collingwood Public Library 705-445-1571 ext 6241. Check out all of the information here in the entry form.

This year for the first time, the show will be on display for two months March 3-April 28 2015.

Drop off dates for the artwork are February 21 and 22 at the Collingwood Public Library. If you can help out for a few hours, please contact Lory MacDonald

Download your entry form here


Magic of Children in the Arts ~ At the Creemore Children's Festival

We are already planning next years event for 2015. It will be another exciting year, as we welcome the talented Camilla Patten onto the board of directors. She is bringing experience, creative ideas and new energy to the Magic of Children in the Arts. We are looking forward to working with Cam, and expanding what we do. Keep watch for updates here, as we move forward!

You can meet Camilla this weekend at the Creemore Children's Festival Saturday August 2 2014.


Creemore Children's Festival

Magic of Children in the Arts 20th Anniversary Party

We had a great turnout yesterday for the 20th Anniversary Party. The music by HazenDave was fantastic and brought back so many memories of their music for the TVO children's series the Book Mice .

The handmade decorated cookies by Lori Saunder's emerging company Custom Cookies & Other Creations were delicious. The kids went crazy over them.

Bubbles the Clown was a big hit, especially with my granddaughter, who is still talking about Bubbles, and her beeping nose.

The biggest excitement yesterday of course was all the kids, their artwork and the fantastic prizes provided by Minds Alive Toy Store. Jeff and Janet partnered with us and have been great to work with. The prizes that every child received were top quality art materials.

The other big accomplishment was our 20th Anniversary Commemorative Book. It looks great! 32-pages detailing our entire twenty year history. There are free copies at the library. And it is packed full of interesting stories and pictures. There is a downloadable copy available.


It's Magic's 20th Anniversary!

The Magic of Children in the Arts was founded in 1994 by local artist Lory MacDonald. With the help of parents and volunteers, it evolved into an annual event at the Collingwood Public Library.

Marion Lewis was key to the organization for many years, steering us to become a registered charity, bringing on many new sponsors and helping the organization grow and flourish. We are celebrating 20 years in 2014 and are still excited about helping young experience the benefits of making art.

Our mission is to inspire and encourage children to create, exhibit and celebrate art. The result is a spectacular display of over 400 artworks created by children from our community.

The artwork is reviewed by professional artists and EACH child receives a positive comment and a prize of art materials. The celebration culminates with an awards presentation.

A strong partnership exists between our organization and the arts community, schools, the Collingwood Public Library, local businesses, community groups, parents and volunteers.

We are a registered charitable organization. All funds raised contribute to this great show including the prizes and free art workshops. Please consider making a donation!

In the News

Exciting upcoming news: 

  • ArtsVest: We are participating in the ArtsVest Ontario funding program: this means that every new sponsor we bring on, the ArtsVest program will match dollar for dollar! I have been working diligently on this, but could use a hand. Please call me if you know any businesses that may be interested or if you can help with phoning. 705-812-2914
  • Commemorative Book: We are putting together a commemorative book highlighting 20 years of the shows. If you would like to help with this project, have photos or would like to contribute a story, please let me know. 705-812-2914
  • The Party: We are having a party on the Awards Day. There will be music and special treats to eat. All past participants and sponsors are invited. We are thinking of having cupcakes or fancy cookies made (with our new logo on them).
  • Boston Pizza: Boston Pizza has agreed to be a sponsor. They are going to provide 450 loot bags for the kids PLUS a family dinner to a 'best in show' art piece.  PLUS they have offered a pizza party at their restaurant- BUT the idea includes us selling tickets to raise money for Magic. Boston Pizza will provide the food, and we get to keep all of the revenue from the ticket sales. Soooo I am thinking of having the Party on Monday March 24 so we can sell dinner tickets at the Awards Reception. $20 each. Would anyone be able to give me a hand organizing this? 705-812-2914.
  • The Peak FM: The Peak FM has agreed to be our media partner. I was on the radio in January and will be again in February. PLUS they are going to make public announcements throughout February and highlight the art show in March.
  • Georgian Life TV: I am going to be on the Georgian Life TV show on February 19th to promote the show and remind the kids to drop off their artwork.
  • Art Workshops: We have been giving free art workshops at the Library on Saturdays January 25- Feb 15 from 1pm-3pm. We have also been going into the schools to do art workshops. The schools have been great this year and are contributing $250 to help pay for the art instructors and prizes. Creemore & Nottawa included!
  • Town of Collingwood Grant: We applied to the town of Collingwood Arts & Culture program for the 20th Anniversary extra expenses and have received $3000! Yeah!!

That is it for now. This year is going to fun, but more to do. So please ask a friend to join us as we celebrate 20 years and over 7,000 children creating, exhibiting and celebrating their ART!

Thanks so much, Lory. 705-812-2914

Lory MacDonald

Artfest Ontario

Free Art Workshops! Register today!

The Magic of Children in the Arts is offering FREE Art Workshops at the Collingwood Public Library.

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Choose from ONE of the following:

January 25, Saturday 1pm-3pm

February 1, Saturday 1pm-3pm

February 8, Saturday 1pm-3pm

February 15, Saturday 1pm-3pm

Get your artwork created for the show!! Children in grades JK to 8.

Call Christine Palka today 705-445-1571 ext 6241

Limited space available.


We can now accept Donations online!

The Magic of Children in the Arts can now accept Donations online!

This is our 20th Anniversary, and we have some extra special activities planned for 2014.

We are inviting all past participants to attend our Awards Reception on Saturday March 22 from 1pm-4pm.

There will be yummy treats, live music, great art, and some surprises! Magic has featured over 7,000 children's pieces of artwork over the past 20 years. Great paintings, drawings, sculpture, pastels and more! We have photos of all of them! Many of you are now adults and starting your careers, many of you in the arts.

Please consider making a donation to this amazing event! Thanks!


ArtsVest Ontario partners with the Magic of Children!







The Magic of Children in the Arts has been approved to participate in the ArtsVest Ontario program. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our organization. Collingwood was selected among hundreds of other Ontario communities to receive this unique arts funding.

This is how it works: for every new Collingwood business sponsor dollar we raise, ArtsVest will match that amount. The concept is a fun way to engage and partner with local businesses and develop a creative approach to working together. The result is a win-win for everyone. For Example: if a business sponsored an art workshop at the library, a theme reflecting their business sector could be developed:  a car dealership sponsor theme could have children draw and paint futuristic vehicles in imaginary worlds. The dealership could participate in selecting it's favorite piece and have the image printed on greeting cards.

There are lots of ways for us to work together with Collingwood businesses and inspire our community to get creative! Please contact Lory MacDonald to discuss how YOUR business can get involved.