Hot on the heels of 2013’s knockout conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Creativity Project’s annual 2014 conference landed at another iconic hub last week – the Sydney Opera House.
Titled ‘Master in The House’, the ‘in conversation’ format with Q&A style audience participation, stayed true to the Project’s agenda of presenting Real LIVE artists and creative educators who have devoted their lives to inspiring children’s creativity.
The team from Big Fat Smile were joined by artist/educator and one-time red Wiggle, Murray Cook as he shared his unique insights on creative education. A foundation member of the world’s most iconic children’s entertainment brand, Murray cannot be found on the speaker circuit and was a real coup for the team who convinced him to head line their event.
Murray has engaged creatively with children for more than 20 years — as teacher, artist, advocate and master of his field.
“It was great to hear about the depth behind the music and performance that Murray has created. I think his modesty and graciousness really touched everyone in the crowd and showed us all that doing what you love and believe in, is in essence, the very best way to connect with children.” said Big Fat Smile’s Chief Creative Officer, Jennine Primmer.
Murray talked at length about how he and his fellow musicians were able to tap into children’s divergent thinking via their early childhood teacher training – to develop a rapport with children that is genuine and enduring. Murray also spoke about his creative success inspiring children in Cambodia and China and also the power that his music has had in capturing the imaginations of children with Autism.
Fellow musician, ABC journalist, one-time Playschool presenter, James Valentine, was a funny and insightful MC/interviewer. His own reflections into the power of music, humour, creativity and the role of the arts and artists in children’s lives were hilarious and perceptive. The packed room included early childhood and primary teachers, musicians, artists, educators, recreational leaders and parents.