Museum of Brisbane

MoB’s Young Creatives program


Our team of arts educators have been busy over the past few months creating our Mao’s Last Dancer-inspired Young Creatives program for the school holidays. Li’s story is an incredibly inspiring one, particularly for young children and we wanted to make sure that they too have the opportunity to delve a little deeper in to stories that are at the heart of this exhibition. To achieve this our Young Creatives program will allow participants to explore the exceptional arts and culture of Li Cunxin’s homeland China as well as delight in the artform he mastered, the inspiring world of ballet.

Each of our Young Creative’s sessions begins with a tour of Mao’s Last Dancer so students can explore objects of significance to Li including the beautifully delicate kite handmade by Li himself as well as get up close and personal with the exquisite costumes he wore on stages across the world. Our experienced art educators will ensure that even the youngest of our Young Creatives has a memorable time exploring Li’s world.

Then it’s time to get creative with a range of hands-on activities that will have minds buzzing.  Our Young creatives will explore the ancient art of calligraphy and recreate the classical watercolour landscapes synonymous with Chinese painting traditions; they will make their own dancing ballet company using the age-old technique of shadow puppetry; and design and assemble awe-inspiring three-dimensional Chinese dragon masks and goldfish lanterns.

Our Young Creatives program is all about developing the creative and critical thinkers of the future. There is no better way to do this than through the arts with activities designed to open minds to new ideas, inspire creative problem-solving and promote imagination and concentration. Our team are always so inspired at the end of these sessions because they can see visible improvements in the skills and confidence of these budding artists. Not only do they take home some truly impressive creations they also walk away with important life skills that allow them to view the world differently.

We look forward to welcoming our returning Young Creatives and those who are joining us for the first time this January and hope that, like us, they are inspired by the incredible story of Li Cunxin and how he overcame great odds to find his place in the world.

View the Young Creatives program


Georgie Sedgwick
Engagement & Learning Manager