Sumaiyyah is a Young Evaluator working on the Our Shared Cultural Heritage project in Manchester.
The Our Shared Cultural Heritage project focuses on exploring the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia (mainly the areas that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh cover). The project works with young people aged 11-25 to experiment and create new ways for museums and youth organisations to work together and become better places for young people to explore identity, connect with others and to create new opportunities for young people.
Our Shared Cultural Heritage is a project led by British Council, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund as one of the Kick The Dust programmes, delivered with partners Glasgow Life, Manchester Museum and UK Youth, with The Audience Agency as the evaluation partner. Sumaiyyah is working alongside with The Audience Agency to monitor and evaluate activities, based on the OSCH Activity Plan, the OSCH Evaluation Framework and the Evaluation Toolkit, all of which she helped develop.
Sumaiyyah currently studies Interior Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and is in her first year. She has participated in many focus groups for minority students at her previous education establishment, where she carried out her foundation diploma in art and design.
Sumaiyyah is passionate about helping more people of colour feel more comfortable and encouraged to engage with arts, design, and other creative fields. She believes it is important to support minority culture-focused projects to succeed in order to improve our communities and the environment we grow up in. This means that Sumaiyyah is very passionate about the work she is currently undertaking with The Audience Agency and Manchester Museum and is finding it enjoyable.