In June 2019 Carrie Supple, then JtoJ’s director, met members of Norfolk based ‘MAP – Here for young people finding their way’ https://www.map.uk.net/ at an international conference on Youth Participation in Budapest, Hungary. They kept in touch and in August that year MAP welcomed Carrie to their Norwich office to talk with a group of young people and youth and arts workers who are part of YAN (Youth Activist Network) in order to plan working together. We discussed venues, partners, histories, themes, walks, talks, arts, making the project county-wide and inclusive of all communities, refugees, disabled people, climate emergency, “Guerrilla art”, fishing industry, weaving, cuts.
Members of YAN attended JtoJ’s public meeting on Economic (In)Justice – Building Power from the Grassroots in October 2019 and we continued to develop contacts in order to bring JtoJ to Norfolk. In March 2020, a group of JtoJ’s young volunteers: Tania Aubeelack, WeiWei Mao and Mahzabin Ahmed with our Chair Martin Spafford ran a taster session for young activists, poets, zine makers, Young Norfolk Arts, Norwich Arts Centre, New Routes, The Common Lot (theatre group), Heritage Museums and Norwich festivals, film makers and teachers. Other interested parties sent apologies.
Norwich Journey to Justice Taster
March 7th, 2019 5-8 pm
5.00 Arrive, register, refreshments
5.10 Welcome, housekeeping and introductions
5.15 Warm up activity
5.25 Introduction to JtoJ – aims, mission, our approach, short film
5:35 Description of a chosen JtoJ launch
5:40 Extract from the Newcastle launch on film
5.45 Brief talk about US and UK seldom stories from the exhibition
6:00 JtoJ activity to show how we use stories to engage people
6.20 Examples of JtoJ films about youth projects from all over the country
6.30 Examples of local groups’ JtoJ exhibition programmes in the country since 2015
7.00 What needs to happen leading up to the exhibition coming to Norwich?
7.10 Activity People grouped in a mix of sectors, sharing less told local stories that could be brought out during JtoJ’s Norwich presence. Looking for ideas that link history, the arts and social action.
7.30 Feedback and agree next steps
Best things about today: “I really loved hearing about your volunteers’ experience & passion/emotion for the project – great to bring together lots of different people.” “The individual civil rights stories were very memorable and moving” “Learning about Ruby Bridges and her resilience and courage in spite of the racism she experienced.” “Organisation – super informative.”