Ryan is so hungry for creative classes he travels two hours from regional Queensland to South Brisbane each day in the school holidays to learn new skills and make new friends. When most of his friends are heading to the beach, Ryan is into developing his creative self.

‘I love getting into creative courses in the school holidays because they allow me to grow and improve my drama skills in ways that school can’t,’ the young high school student says. Ryan comes from a creative family, with mum, Donna, a children’s book author. She brings him to NIDA Open classes at St Laurence’s College South Brisbane.

He loves to make his own films and edit creative videos, and each year has been coming back to classes ‘Because it provides me with a good environment to be creative and be myself.’

Director of Public Programs, Tricia Ryan, commented: ‘There is an incredible demand for young people to express and unleash their ideas and energy in our classes. While we all face the pressure of COVID restrictions, these classes are an opportunity for children and young people to get in touch with their positive and creative selves.’

NIDA Open in Brisbane gives childrenyoung people and adults in Brisbane the opportunity to engage in a variety of short courses including actingdirecting and TV presenting, in order to unlock their creative potential and build their confidence.

When travel presents a barrier, the renowned creative arts program has included a selection of new online courses for children and young people who can’t make it to a classroom but still want to creatively connect and learn.

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