Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material

An exhibition from Reggio Emilia, Italy

The Butler University College of Education is hosting the Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material Exhibition and Atelier of the Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of the Istituzione–Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Mosaic exhibition, a collaboration between Reggio Children and North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), is hosted by Butler University College of Education and located at South Campus from September 1–December 1, 2023.

During this unique event, participants will investigate the education philosophy of the Reggio Emilia Approach, founded by Loris Malaguzzi after WWII to bring renewed educational change to the country and how it is translated to American education today. Participants will learn about the Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material, an exhibition-atelier that tells the story of research in Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centers and preschools on the theme of mark making and drawing, woven with narrative. We believe hosting this exhibit and atelier will enrich the dialogue around the learning experiences of young children and allow us to deepen our understanding of Reggio-inspired practice. In the essay “Weavings of the Future Between the Real and the Possible” from the Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material catalog, Paola Cagliari and Claudia Giudici wrote,

“The intent is to build wide zones of discussion about the experience, actively involving teachers, parents, researchers, and pedagogistas in Reggio Emilia, in Italy, and around the world. Dialogue, exchange, comparing ideas, and listening continue to be the primary tools and strategies for constructing the educational experience at all levels: teaching practice, teacher education and professional development, family participation, and relations with the city at large. It is a project that is constructed day by day, with the contribution of all, in a dimension of continuous interaction, evaluation, and rigorous critical analysis.”

We look forward to investigating the Mosaic of Marks, Words, Material exhibit, and the associated initiatives, through the eyes of preservice teachers, teachers, families and children, city and state legislators and university professors. We wonder what might come from the dialogue between these many groups as, together, we not only examine the exhibit and atelier, but simultaneously examine our own work.

  • No photography or video is allowed of the displays or content.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the exhibition space.
  • Please reserve space with Professor Cathy Hartman.

If you have questions or would like more information about the exhibit, please contact Professor Cathy Hartman at


Visiting Hours:

Exhibition  open and free  to the public during these dates:

September October November
9/14 | 9/21 | 9/28
1-6 p.m.
10/3 | 10/10 | 10/17 | 10/24 | 10/31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
11/7 | 11/14 | 11/28
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
9/19 | 9/26
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
10/19 | 10/26
1 – 6 p.m.
11/9 | 11/16 | 11/30
1 – 6 p.m.
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Butler Homecoming
9 a.m.- 1 p.m.


Guest parking is available in the areas highlighted in yellow:

1000 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN  46208

The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) Fall conference will be held in October 5-7, 2023 at the Shelton Auditorium, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please visit NAREA for more information about the conference and registration.

Reggio Emilia Resources

Curated list by Dr. Ena Shelley
Professor and Dean Emerita | College of Education

History of Reggio Emilia

Brick by Brick: The History of the “XXV April” People’s Nursery School of Villa Cella.
Enzo Barazzoni. Reggio Children

Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia: a selection of his writings and speeches, 1945-1993.
Edited by P. Cagliari, M. Castagnetti, C. Guidici, C. Rinaldi, V. Vecchi, & P. Moss. Routledge Publishing Company

Reggio Emilia Philosophy/Approach & Image of the Child

The Hundred Languages of Children, 2nd edition.
Edited by C. Edwards, L. Gandini, G. Forman. Ablex Publishing Company

Bringing Reggio Emilia Home:  An Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Education.
Louise Cadwell. Teachers College Press

The Reggio Approach to Early Childhood Education:  Bringing Learning to Life.
Louise Cadwell. Teachers College Press

Possible Schools: The Reggio Approach to Urban Education.
Ann Lewis-Benham. Teachers College Press

Documentation, the Atelier, and the 100 Languages of Children

In the Spirit of the Studio, 2nd edition.
Edited by L. Gandini, L. Hill, L. Cadwell, C. Schwall.
Teachers College Press

Reggio Tutta: A guide to the city by the children.
Reggio Children publication

Everything has a shadow except ants.
Reggio Children publication

The Diary of Laura: Perspectives on a Reggio Emilia Diary.
Edited by C. Edwards and C. Rinaldi in collaboration with Reggio Children

Theatre Curtain—the ring of transformation.
Reggio Children publication

The following publications apply to ALL categories:

In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia: listening, researching and learning.
Carlina Rinaldi. Reggio Children publication

Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Emilia Exchange.
The journal of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA).
*This journal is a MUST for all who are on the “Reggio journey”.

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and the

The Roberts Family Foundation

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