What is Tin Can Kids?

 Remember the tin can telephones you made as a kid? They epitomize all Tin Can Kids is about. We're a playful, people-focused, kid-created way to keep learning and creating community, even in the necessarily separate-but-together world of COVID-19. Technology allows us to connect with each other, but community is the engine that drives this experience.

Questions?  Want to get involved? Contact us! 

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Meet the Co-Creators

Emily and Jean Gray have known each other since they first became parents. With overlapping and complimentary experiences in art and education, they've long explored different projects together. Tin Can Kids evolved so quickly and so naturally, and they're thrilled to share it with all of you!

Emily Kotecki



Museum Consultant & Art Lover

Emily Kotecki is an award winning museum consultant focused on distance learning, interpretation, and immersive technologies. She created and hosted a podcast called Museum Buzz and before that, Emily worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art in education and interpretation. Prior to museums Emily worked as a multimedia politics producer at The Washington Post. 

She also enjoys cooking and participating in sprint triathlons.

Jean Gray Mohs



Artist & Educator

Throughout her career, Jean Gray has walked a fine line between artist and educator. With 15 solo exhibitions and over 65 group exhibitions her work has been seen in Traditional Home, Southern Living, Walter Magazine, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Savannah Morning News, and has been featured on Georgia Public Radio. As a Wake County arts educator she has led more than 140 elementary art teachers in professional development and worked in collaboration with NC State, NC Department of Public Instruction, CAM Raleigh, and North Carolina Museum of Art. 

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