about

Picture of a woman in black dungarees, a yellow coat, and white trainers, in front of a wall with purple, pink, orange, and blue shapes

Aksana Khan

Producer

I’m driven to create joy.

I care about young people because the arts can do so much better to make young people feel like they’re wonderful people who can accomplish anything they put their mind to. Working in creative fields means reckoning with how our postcodes affect our life chances, and how we have inherited the legacies of how “impartiality” in the arts and public services. Enforcing neutrality in cultural spaces has and continues to breed ignorance and misinformation. This disproprortionately affects young BPOCs. I try to do my best to have hope and make sure that my age mates and older do right by them.

I connect the dots because my love of history has instilled a holistic approach to life. What does that mean for how I work? I don’t see things in a linear way, I think “sideways” and see connections. I look at legacies of empire in real-time, I work between regions, and between programming and marketing teams. All this means is if you’re someone asks questions like “How can I talk about the empire when my organisation and local area is predominantly white?” Or “How can I improve the recruitment for my youth programmes?” Get in touch.

What I don’t do is one-off D&I workshops.

What I actually do is:

  • facilitate conversations
  • produce events
  • focus your marketing and programming strategy
  • deliver project evaluations
  • centre wellbeing in my work
  • make niche memes and watch a lot of TV

What am I doing at the moment? Lemme show you

What’s my boundaries? You should know that:

  • I currently work two days a week for the social justice charity, Arts Emergency.
  • If you’re asking me to do a project that requires in-person meetings, I can’t drive so public transport access is a must!
  • I’ve been in the West Midlands since my uni days, but I’m originally from London. Have been a city girl since Day 1 though 💅🏾
  • I don’t work during Eid and for a week in mid-November because it’s my birthday week!
  • If you’re not within commutable distance from Leamington Spa, then I’m happy to work remotely ☺️

Image Credit: Lauren Morton

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