MKIAC brings local communities together in ‘Art in Isolation’ project

Project by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture involved local schools, colleges and even an MK star battling on the Covid frontline.

During this pandemic period, Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture (MKIAC) initiated an ‘Art in Isolation’ project that brought local communities together remotely in a creative way.

Various arts and culture themes were on show in the project, which included a programme of spoken word pieces and an online gallery.

Many schools took part in a section of the project called ‘Happier and Healthier Young People’, and Milton Keynes College students took the lead by focusing on a number of key recent issues in society.

They addressed issues around wellbeing, lockdown, isolation, socioeconomic deprivation, multi-generational house units, digital deprivation, Black Lives Matter and the effects of mental health issues on youths and BAME communities.

Hamid Manji, senior consultant in the intensive care unit of Milton Keynes University Hospital, participated in the ‘Art in Isolation’ project after appearing on the Channel 4 Covid-19 documentary ‘Ross
Kemp: On The NHS Frontline’, which was filmed inside the hospital.

Hamid talked of his concerns about coronavirus and supported the development of an art animation commissioned and created by Munity (, which shows him working in ICU during the pandemic.

You can view the artwork online at on the ‘Resilient Culture’ page. Addressing mental health among youths and Syrian refugees, an animation was also commissioned looking at children who have been subjected to traumatic experiences, and the effect on women and children.

MKIAC is a successful BAME grassroots organisation set up in response to the 9/11 terror attack. It has been a bench-setter for embracing diversity and inclusion, which was also seen in its Digital Lights projects last year in partnership with Bletchley Park, MK College, Shenley Brook End School and diverse communities.

MKIAC has also initiated county-wide projects such as Unity and Creative Diversity Hubs, developing and advocating for cultural diversity programming and diverse artist development in Milton Keynes and the surrounding region.

A spokesman for MKIAC said, “We want to thank all the participants, community partners, schools and MK College, Arts Council and Reaching Communities.”

This feature was published in the February and March 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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