It's the wonder and magic of the arts that inspired the creation of Hive Creative Studios
The love of music, art, language, drama and dance has been shared across generations and cultures. It is a beautiful, captivating form of self-expression that affects us emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Think about your favourite piece of music, the way it makes you feel…how suddenly it inspires you to become the world’s greatest dancer, singer and performer…even if it’s just in your eyes. The arts empower you to spread your creative wings and soar in a world where almost anything is possible.
Vanessa Lynch, Founder of Hive (previously Bounce & Grow), shares the story of the journey to what is now the leading arts studio in the Hunter Valley.
I spent many years studying the value and power of music education on young minds. Many days spent at schools teaching and watching young children and primary and high school students explore their pure raw talent, love and excitement for music. It comes so naturally to a child. This organic talent must be nurtured at a young age so that a child’s love and creative confidence is given wings to fly high. Unfortunately, funding for music and arts programs has started to dwindle in schools today. I simply could not let that beautiful rich bond between a child and their inner creative spirit simply slip away.
I opened Bounce and Grow in April 2011 to help fill a gap and provide a learning centre for the music and arts for children, including babies, from every walk of life – and that included opening our arms to children with disability and families of varying religions and cultures. Music is the only activity that activates every part of a child’s brain. It is the ideal way for them to learn and prepares them to recognise patterns in speech, writing, maths, rhythm and the world around them.
My dream was to give every child the gift of music and ignite their passion for the creative arts…something that they would cherish for life.
I actually spent the first term of Bounce and Grow teaching a couple of my friends and their little ones in my lounge room at home. It was a small space, but they loved every minute spent there and it was so inviting, friendly and relaxed – that same sense of support and comfort is carried in our classes today. Word of mouth travels quickly and by the end of the year I opened the first class for Bounce and Grow in a little room at Charlestown.
From that point on our classes and programs naturally flourished! Children and parents who came to the centre fell in love with the environment and experience. It was always a scramble to open more classes and buy more instruments. I still remember how proud I was to buy the first drum for the classroom. It felt like we were providing something special for our little bees. Today, that is the smallest drum in the class but is still well loved.
I have been honoured to work beside inspiring and skilled teachers who share the same passion for giving our little bees every opportunity to grow and thrive through the creative arts. Together we have tested and refined our programs and the instruments available to provide the most benefits to your little one.
The creative arts are timeless and a gift that every child should have the chance to access. It is this belief that guided us to open a new centre in the heart of the Hunter (East Maitland) in 2014 and to expand across two locations in Charlestown in 2015 – to give every child the opportunity to access creative based learning. The new Queen’s Headquarters was a huge milestone for us – today we have vibrant bright spaces where the little bees can make themselves at home…we’ve certainly come a long way from my lounge room! I am so honoured to say that we still have some of the original students attending classes today who started their creative journey when we first opened.
With a beautiful new space and many new bees under our wings, a new name was only fitting. The Hive today continues to nourish little minds, to bring out their hidden talents, to ignite their confidence and give them their creative wings. It is a place of friendship, discovery, sharing, laughing, creating and learning.
It hasn’t been an easy journey – we’ve all had to work hard to get the centre to where it is today – but I can say with complete honesty and appreciation, it has been the most rewarding and inspiring experience of each of our lives.
We thank you and your little bee for being a part of Hive and all we dream to create.
Founder and Director of Hive