Greenfield Arts say they’re “incredibly sad” to be losing creative director Katy Milne as she moves on to new adventures in a new arts and cultural role across South Tyneside.
Katy has been an integral part of Greenfield Community College for 16 years, elevating the arts and creative learning through a range of valuable and innovative partnership projects and creative programmes.
She has been responsible for bringing initiatives to the school and wider community by working alongside a range of partners.
“She is a tireless advocate of self-led learning and worked with TED prize winner Professor Sugata to initiate and host one of seven labs worldwide at Greenfield Arts, enabling students and young people to develop skills, be curious and grow to be self-led learners,” said a school statement.
“Katy has also led both the Men’s Cree and Youth Cree for 10 years at Greenfield Arts with funding from Public Health, supporting creativity and well-being in the community that cascades to support others.
“She has been responsible for wider projects such as ‘Cutting Loose’ festival programme, numerous art installations that have toured across the community/region to over 50,000 people and has supported artists, school residencies, live performances and been integral to achieving many arts awards and the school’s Artsmark status.”
Katy has been instrumental in planning the next 18 months of programming and securing funding for this activity.
The work will continue through the physical resources Katy has developed and inspired such as the student journal, our creative arts centre spaces and the student creative platform.
Her passion for the arts, curiosity and self-led learning will continue in the hearts and minds of those she has inspired. With planning and funding in place she has ensured a smooth transition for the Greenfield Arts team to take forward.
“We wish Katy the very best as she moves to a new challenge and look forward to seeing the creative impact in South Tyneside. We wish her well,” added head teacher David Priestley.