About the Project

In October we were thrilled to work with students from Suffolk One and West Suffolk colleges, delivering a day of bespoke workshops exploring identity and empowerment. Inspired by the Power of Stories exhibition at Ipswich Museums, we began the event with a private viewing for all of the students involved. 

The group then took part in workshops led by Spoken Word Artist, Gabriel Akamo, Movement Director, Sara Dos Santos & Empowerment Specialist, Karen Walker.

‘We are so proud to have been involved in HighTide’s VIP Day. It gave our diverse students opportunities to work with three black educators, which I believe helped to challenge misconceptions in a positive light, and at the same time provided opportunities for students to see people who reflect back to them; their cultures, their ethnicities, their religions. 

The students got so much from receiving amazing workshops from inspirational and engaging workshop facilitators. They were thought-provoking, positive black role models that pushed the students out of their comfort zones but in a way that there was no pressure or judgement. There were lots of takeaway elements from the sessions that hopefully the students can use to improve their self-confidence and believe in themselves a bit more. Thank you.’ 

Ian Brown and Zoe Stranix, Personal Progress Tutors, Suffolk One College

Photographs

Taken by John Ferguson (www.johnfergusonphoto.com)