In the original story, King Midas gained the power to change all that he touched into gold. The only problem was that he soon became surrounded by a desert of gold, and died of starvation. The ReMida Center in Trondheim has changed this story: Modern society is surrounded by a desert of refuse which a creative Midas touch could turn into art.
ReMida is based on Reggio Emilia pedagogy, a philosophy that children should not be passive learners, but instead be free to explore using their own creativity. Parents and teachers become co-learners on this quest.
The ReMida Center in Trondheim is a collaboration between the municipal renovation service, private industry, child care centers and educators. Instead of dumping outdated industrial parts, factories donate material to the center, where pre-schoolers and primary school pupils transform it into art work, musical instruments and installations. A wonderful initiative!