Art for kids shouldn’t shy from difficult topics

Theatre is a powerful space for self-discovery, but also a platform to open up difficult discussions and build empathy for children.

It’s safe to say that kids today have a very different perception of the world than their parents’ generation. They can access information at rapid speeds, where two-minute videos can take you through a week’s worth of breaking news. As much as we would like to shelter them from difficult topics such as the violence of war or the dire situation of our climate crisis, young people these days have countless avenues to access information, and often form their own opinions.

Art, on the other hand, is a medium that has long been utilised to navigate difficult topics such as mortality and morality. Today, art can also provide a safe space to expose children to current issues.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_