Curious About Creative Sanctuary
in Conversation with Curious Minds
A discussion about how a whole-school approach to welcoming new arrivals can create a thriving community for everyone.
Creative processes have long been used to support refugee children and unaccompanied young people to be better included in education and there is much evidence of the positive impact on inclusions, wellbeing, learning and progression. There is also some evidence of the impact on the whole school, where creative approaches have been used in this way.
Aimed at teachers, artists, learning managers.
Chaired by poet, journalist and photographer Ambrose Musiyiwa, with contributions from Music Action International, Janice Allen, Headteacher at Falinge High School and actor writer and director Yusra Warsama.
About the Panel and Partners
Ambrose Musiyiwa is a poet, journalist and photographer. His poems have been featured in many anthologies. The Man Who Ran Through The Tunnel has been translated into more than 12 languages. Ambrose has an enduring interest in the intersection between arts, activism, migration and community action.
Music Action International are people from across the world using the power of creativity to overcome the effects and causes of war, torture and armed conflict. Through the schools programme Harmonise, children from all backgrounds have fun, make friends, gain confidence and create music in different languages together. They learn about who refugees really are from inspirational professional musicians who are themselves refugees.
Janice Allen, Headteacher at Falinge High School, will reflect on her school’s participation in the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK; Ripples of Hope Education Programme. Through the programme pupils learn the impact that Human Rights have on their own lives and are empowered to make decisions and advocate for human rights within their own communities.
Yusra Warsama is an actor writer and director whose passions lie in creating work through play and exploration of life experiences in the world we live in. Yusra will draw on her own experience of education in the UK to inform this discussion. We are delighted to welcome Yusra back to the festival as she wrote and directed the amazing ‘Still I Rise’ produced by CAN which took place as part of JFI 2018 at Manchester Art Gallery.
Curious Minds works to place creativity and culture at the heart of education and other services for children and young people. Our vision is for an equal society where all children and young people are supported to achieve their creative potential and live fulfilled lives, rich with arts and culture.
Community Arts North West (CAN) has led the field – regionally, nationally and internationally since 1978 – developing exciting and high quality creative projects with communities and for audiences.
In partnership with ArtReach and Community Arts North West.