The City of Melbourne is encouraging children to dream big and get creative at ArtPlay during the July school holidays – with a program completely dreamed up by kids.
By Kids for Kids will be running across the school holiday break, with a huge range of workshops and art experiences on offer to keep children and parents entertained.
Standout experiences include sculpting a dragon egg from slime, designing superhero costumes, going on a quest through a labyrinth, solving the mysteries of a haunted mansion and mapping family memories in a large scale installation.
By Kids for Kids is part of ArtPlay’s Young Ideas Makers initiative, bringing together 40 children to generate and collaborate on ideas for workshops, art experiences and performances.
The children’s ideas were then matched to professional artists who could bring them to life for other children to enjoy.
Nine-year-old collaborator Thomas said he is excited to once again bring his experience Lost back to ArtPlay, after its debut in January.
“I hope that it will teach kids that it is a good thing to be creative and it is okay to be different,” he said.
Artists involved in the By Kids for Kids program included Artistic Director of House of Muchness, Alex Walker, award winning visual artist Kathy Holowko, participatory and installation artist Dan Goronszy and performing artists Afsaneh Torabi and Shannan Lim.