Talk about a quote that’s useful (albeit this post title is a spin on the original quote: “It takes a village.”) I’ve seen it used to describe the community mothers feel in helping one another with their children, and I’ve heard it used nefariously against that same community (assuming that one mother knows best. . .as that mindset posed by Dr. Rosemary Stein.
It first came into mother and childcare worker vernacular, I suppose, when Hillary Clinton used it in her book title: It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us (1996). That’s the year before I started graduate school for certification in music education, and I remember reading the book and referencing it in at least one paper I wrote.
There are many speculations about the origin of the phrase.
For me, today, in this post it serves to show that children will often create a village through their creative projects. That is, by enabling creative projects with them in a group setting, we foster community in an organic way.