Arts and Diversity education resources

I recently received what is perhaps my favourite donation of library books that I have ever received in the 9 years that I have worked at the UCL Institute of Education. The donation of 3 very large boxes of material, was given to us by Naseem Khan and contained a wealth of extremely useful resources for those interested in arts and diversity in education. Naseem Khan’s working life has included journalism, broadcasting, policy development, research and arts administration. Her main focus has been around cultural diversity.
Naseem was ‘Head of Diversity’ for the Arts Council from 1996 to 2003, but she was actively engaged in that area of work long before that time. In 1976 for example, she wrote the pioneering ‘The Arts Britain Ignores’ – recognized as a significant piece in opening up the debate on the nature of ‘British culture’. Additionally, Naseem was a founder/coordinator of the first national umbrella body for all non-indigenous arts activities, MAAS (Minorities Arts Advisory Service). As a journalist, she wrote a weekly column, Work in Progress, on cultural issues for The New Statesman for two years, was a regular Guardian freelancer in addition to working as the ‘Theatre Editor’ of Time Out. Naseem was also the coordinator of the vast alternative ‘Festival of India’ (1983) and co-director of the ‘Academy of Indian Dance’ (1982). Naseem has been a Senior Associate of the research consultancy, Comedia, and wrote ‘The Road to Interculturalism: Tracking the arts in a changing world’ for their 2007 study of ‘The Intercultural City’. With Comedia, she worked on projects around the role of urban parks and open space, the use of public libraries and the social impact of the arts.
In 1999, Naseem received the OBE. Currently, she runs her own policy consultancy and continues to be a significant and valuable voice in arts and diversity in the UK. For more information about the work Naseem has undertaken and continues to progress, see http://naseemkhan.com/.

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