Hannah Grant is the founder of Collective Impact Arts, an organisation which grows from her 12+ years of experience in community arts for social outcomes. She is based in Sydney and was the director of Socially-Engaged Programs at Shopfront Arts Co-op for 5 years, where she created a series of sustainable programs working with young people to use the arts as a tool for change in their schools and local communities.
Hannah works across storytelling, visual arts, digital arts and theatre-making. She focuses specifically on how people engage with art, and has a keen interest in social participation. She works primarily with young people and has worked extensively with school pupils, young parents, young offenders, young victims of crime, peer youth workers, asylum seekers, refugees, young people with mental health diagnoses and young people with physical and learning disabilities. Her work is responsive, creative and informed by grass-roots engagement.
Hannah holds an MA in Applied Theatre from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2006), where she focused on working with young people. Her career began working with organisations that include Immediate Theatre and Leap Confronting Conflict. In 2010 she embarked on a new adventure launching Theatre:Connect, an international youth arts project working in Singapore, India, Vietnam, Norway and the UK.
Hannah is on the board of Matriark Theatre Company as Education and Communities specialist, she is a member of the international Placemaking Leadership Council and a 2017 Stand Up Social Impact Fellow. In 2016, she traveled to Puebla, Mexico for an Arts Education residency with the Arquetopia Foundation.