Future Fires 2014

Ruby Sevink-Johnston

Ruby Sevink-Johnston is 18 years old and comes from Manchester. She has previous experience with Contact through being a part of CYAC in 2011-2012, and is also a Creative Expert, delivering and assisting in workshops throughout Manchester.

Ruby became involved in Future Fires because she wants to challenge herself and learn skills in project management to help with her future career.She is proud to live in such a culturally diverse city, but thinks that some parts of Manchester are not as multi-cultural and therefore the people who live there might not necessarily have knowledge of other cultures.

Ruby's project Atlas Adventures took place during June and July. The project was based around exploring culture and participant's backgrounds in Whalley Range. Ruby worked with a year 6 students in a local primary school and with older peoples groups to collect and explore stories using different art forms. 

Atlas Adventures was funded by O2 Think Big and Vinspired

Ruby has been inspired by her own experiences of finding out about her background and learning about different cultures.  She also believes that it’s important for people to know from an early age about cultures other than their own. 

Contact’s Future Fires programme, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, supports young emerging artists to plan and deliver their own community arts outreach projects in Greater Manchester through a tailored programme of training, mentoring and support.

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