Kids Manifesto Creative Team

Introducing Our Creative Facilitation Team for Kids Manifesto

We asked each of our creative facilitation team to tell us about their background, and the adventurous change that they achieved when they were kids.

Alia Vryens

Desktop publisher, designer /Performer, creator, musician
Nominated for Best Comedy  – Victoria Fringe, Canada
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was I got my nose pieced in HS but got away with it because I was such a goody-two-shoes, I think even the teachers thought I deserved a bit of rebellion.

 

Anna Manuel

Children’s storyteller and writer
Awarded with applause from kids when I perform Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was I taught myself to play the guitar and started the school’s first all-female rock band.

 

Carla Gottgens

Photographer and Installation artist
Lens Mist Photography Award Winner Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was I convinced school to allow girls to take part in “manual arts” (woodworking and metal work). Instead of only being allowed to do Home Economics (cooking and sewing). Although the thing I was made to make in manual arts was a cake tin, it was at least a step in showing that girls may be interested in using tools other than a cake beater and sewing machine.

 

Deborah Sonenberg

Educator and Weaver
Best Australian Documentary – ATOM awards
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was I found myself a new school, enrolled, then took the paperwork home to ask my Mum to sign.

 

Hoang Tran Nguyen

Community Video Artist
Multiple grant winner
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was I was producer of the first entry from my all boys school into the Rock Eisteddfod. My school thought it was weird at the time that boys wanted to do that.

 

Jennie Swain

Writer, composer, songwriter, educator and community artist.
United Nations World Summit Award best eHealth for Underworld – an educational, interactive, musical, detective investigation into the reproductive system
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was in primary school, despite not wanting to be ‘different’ I stood up in class and pointed out a CRT teacher’s overt racism and anti-semitism. I burst into tears and felt humiliated, but the school principal commended me and that teacher was never seen again.

 

Jo Grimsey

Health Promotion Freak
3rd place in Surfcoast Century 100km Ultramarathon
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was deviating from the norm and taking up football with the boys in the 1980s.
Jo Trevathan

Performance Teaching Artist, Musician, Community Cultural Development Coordinator & Creative Producer
Composer for short film A Hard Place – winner of many awards both nationally and Internationally.
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was at boarding school a small group of friends and I created an underground film & fashion evening. Eventually it became a celebrated part of the curriculum.

 

Kate Kantor

Community Theatre Artist
Best Comedy – Melbourne Fringe
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was I suggested my primary school planted indigenous trees – which didn’t happen at the time but when I went past recently THEY WERE THERE. Maybe I planted the seed. Or maybe they just got with the program!

 

Katherine Branch

Artist/maker/ designer
Sir John Tallis Design Award Winner

The adventurous change I achieved as a kid was convincing bullies at my school to lay off my classmates.

 

Kim Santos

Teaching Artist for Kids Thrive/Visual Artist/Chef
BA Fine Arts / Diploma of Graphic Design
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was took a stand on not having to buy new school clothes until the new year – when the school should have provided protective wear such as aprons or smocks in the art room (three of my classes were in the art room).

 

Alex Walker

Contemporary arts practitioner with young people

The Adventurous change that I achieved as a kid was that I convinced my mum to vote for a republic in the 1999 referendum.

 

Sieglinde Hopkins

Community Grocer, Textile/Metal artist
Fringe Festival/Crumpler Bags Award Winner
Adventurous change I achieved as a kid was I chose my own clothes/outfits from age of four.