Kiara is a freelancer with the Norfolk Musuems Service. Her experience includes storytelling, running crafting workshops with school children, and performing in educational iPad apps. She might be found explaining to year 2 how you must behave sensibly to avoid ruining ancient walls when playing Stuart bowling inside, or demonstrating calligraphy in a writing session with quill pens. She's even used her drama background to help explain about weather across the ages when school children became physical representations of seismic waves.
Using her experience as an actor and her BA Hons in Drama, Kiara has lead various acting sessions with adults and children. The usual focus of a session is developing a safe shared space through play, improvisation, and ways of approaching characters creation.
Kiara learnt how to run Dementia Friendly dance and music sessions while helping with Creative Arts East's Our Day Out programme. She hopes to introduce elements of their approach when designing her own participatory events with her theatre company Fine Time Theatre Co.
Working for a small local charity, Kiara ran a denim upcycling session at Norwich Maker's Fayre in 2020. With Kiara's involvement, more events on mending, embroidery, and upcycling should be scheduled by the charity (Covid-19 allowing). An exciting element of designing these sessions is the small budget as it leads to a real need for creative problem solving and innovation.