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Creative Communities Fund recipients

1 Oct 2020

Creative Communities Fund recipients


Council has supported 21 local groups to deliver a diverse range of arts projects across the region this year, distributing $44,000 in grants from the Creative Communities Fund.

Council administers the fund on behalf of Creative Communities.

A committee made up of representatives from Council and the local arts community meet to consider applications for two funding rounds each year.

Committee chair, councillor Larry Foster says the funding is essential to providing support for local artists and opportunities for our community and rangatahi to participate and be exposed to the arts.

Decisions on the February funding round was delayed due to Covid-19, with many applicants needing to push out dates for projects due to lockdown and gathering number limits.

Funding has supported the local production of The Crucible to go ahead this year, despite the delays. This is being performed at the Unity Theatre from October 2 to 10.

The fund has also supported Aotearoa Social Enterprise Trust to deliver a creative space for rangatahi to explore and learn whakapapa and pepeha, offer weaving workshops of whariki mats and tukutuku panels.

Earlier this year funding supported Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou to deliver Matariki music events, Evolution Theatre’s 48-hour play festival and screen printing workshops in Tolaga Bay.

Round two closed in August, with successful funding applicants including Nga Taonga Tukuiho, Gisborne Country Music Club events and upcoming rock festival, Smashfest.