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June, 2006 to January, 2007
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Toronto, ON

February, 2007 to June, 2007
Manitoba Children's Museum
Winnipeg, MB

August, 2007 to July, 2008
Glenbow Museum
Calgary, AB

Sept, 2008 to January, 2009
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge, AB

Nov, 2011 to January, 2013
Tulsa Historical Society Museum
Tulsa, OK


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Hopes and dreams shape your life – and they can change the world. Just think of those four famous words, "I have a dream..."

You're never too young or too old to dream. From the personal wishes we make on the night stars to the people and discoveries that have changed the way we live, the Dream Exhibit celebrates the power of dreams, and the power of story and art to inspire us to achieve those dreams. It's traveling across the country as part of YOU 177, a global initiative challenging you to Dream Bigger, Create Legacy.

Today's dream, whether fulfilled or unfulfilled, becomes tomorrow's legacy. In the big circle of time, they become one in the same. The Dream Exhibit brings together young and old to explore who you are and what matters to you in a bigger context of past, present, and future. The Dream Exhibit is also a living exhibit that invites contributions from visitors. It's a powerful vehicle for community engagement of all generations.

Top Artists Explore an Inspiring, Universal Theme

An engaging and unique exhibit, the Dream Exhibit presents a range of artistic styles and mediums – from watercolor, oil, and chalk pastel to collage, digital, and 3-D plasticine. And, all the pieces work together to tell a story that speaks to all ages, no matter where you are in the story of your own life.


The Dream Exhibit is based on the award-winning bestseller Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes by Susan V. Bosak. A one-of-a-kind collaboration, Dream combines contemporary art from 15 of the top illustrators in the world with thought-provoking quotations from historical sages and a multilayered poetic story.

Hope is a universal human need, no matter what your age, gender, culture, or race. Dream is a story about hope – hopes and dreams across a lifetime, through history, and into the future.

Says The Bloomsbury Review, "This elegant book depicts the journey of life – from infancy to older adulthood – highlighting all the hopes and dreams found along the way... Inspirational quotes from people such as Martin Luther King Jr, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Emily Dickinson are set alongside gorgeous illustrations by internationally acclaimed artists. Richly crafted and thoughtfully written, Dream is a dazzling project that challenges us to find a dream and follow it."

Dream has won a remarkable 11 national awards, including an International Reading Association Children's Choice, a Teachers' Choice, an iParenting Award, the Pinnacle Award as Best Gift Book, and Visionary Award.

The Dream Exhibit brings together original works by 15 top illustrators from five countries – winners of the Academy Award, Hans Christian Andersen Medal, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, Bologna Ragazzi Award, Governor General's Medal, and Caldecott Medal.

Find out more about each artist:

Wayne Anderson
James Bennett
Christian Birmingham
Mike Carter
Raúl Colón
Leo and Diane Dillon
Zhong-Yang Huang
Robert Ingpen
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Michèle Lemieux
Barbara Reid
Shaun Tan
Bruce Wood

Interactive, Multilayered Community Engagement

The Dream Exhibit is currently traveling to venues across the United States. It features all the original artwork created for Dream. As a multigenerational exhibit, it draws children, teens, adults, and seniors. You're never too young or too old to dream!

In addition to the artwork, the exhibit features concept drafts for the art that give visitors a peek into the creative process; an abbreviated version of the story from the book; multimedia components; and the handcrafted Dream Chest, a time portal. Each element works with the others to bring the universal themes to life.

A text and visual literacy educational program for young people has been developed that includes interactive components encouraging children and teens to discover the world around them and inside themselves. How has the flashlight or the telephone changed the world? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Why was Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring named one of the most influential books of the past fifty years? And what do you do when a personal challenge seems so overwhelming you don't even want to get out of bed?

"There's a real power in the combination of words and art to engage people and get them asking the kinds of rich questions that help them grow," says Dream author and educator Susan V. Bosak. "This is about encouraging young people to read – to understand both words and images – and encouraging them to think bigger and longer-term, to dream and set goals to make a difference in their own lives, in their community, and in the world. It also reminds adults not to let go of their dreams."

Dream Exhibit Opening Event with Susan V. Bosak

Susan does a high-energy, multimedia presentation at the opening event for the Dream Exhibit in each city it visits. The opening event uses art, story, and music and includes an interactive reading of the Dream book.

After participating in a Dream Discovery Scavenger Hunt to explore details in the artworks, visitors can fold colorful origami Dream Stars and gently toss them into the magical Dream Chest to make a wish.

Dream Chest

The handcrafted wooden Dream Chest has a story all its own. The Dream book begins as a traveler discovers the chest at the end of a rainbow. Thousands and thousands of years ago an ancient people carefully crafted the Dream Chest. One night, they set it on the top of a mountain. They called to the universe. A shooting star flashed across the dark sky. It swirled down to earth, circled around the chest, then burst into the chest through the seven-pointed carved star on its scooped lid. The Dream Chest became a time portal. It is a portal between reality and dreams, between what has been, what is, and what can be. The Dream Chest is a symbol of the bigger story of which our life story is only a part. It also symbolizes your power to send a message into the future through your own legacy.

Education Programming

The Legacy Project has developed extensive education programming around the Dream Exhibit that venues can use.

Some venues include a Wishing Wall on which visitors can post a colorful Dream Star with a dream for themselves and a dream for the future of their community. This can spark meaningful community dialogue across all ages.

The Dream Exhibit can be presented as a living exhibit. For example, visitors can be invited to loan and display their own life artifacts that reflect their dreams and legacies. Children can create The Next Page artwork for display with the exhibit. Local artists can be invited to create pieces that illustrate their hopes and dreams for the local community. When we bring together the creativity and aspirations of all generations, many communities find a hopeful vision that only the power of art can help us discover.

After visiting the Dream Exhibit, free online LifeDreams activities offer parents and teachers more ideas for encouraging young people to dream. The Legacy Project also offers intergenerational resources for exploring your life in the context of generations and the world – how the story in Dream connects to your life story, your hopes and dreams for what you can be and do no matter what your age, and legacies passed across generations in your family and community.

Dream Bigger

Celebrate the hopes and dreams of your entire community with this unique exhibit. The Dream Exhibit can be part of a One City, One Book program. It can also be linked to the global YOU 177 initiative, a multigenerational journey from dreams to legacy.

The Dream Exhibit generally stays in a community for 6 to 12 months. Appropriate venues include museums, galleries, and libraries. If your community is interested in finding out more about hosting the Dream Exhibit, e-mail or call the Legacy Project at 1-800-772-7765.

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