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Projects to inspire

Community arts projects come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some inspiring examples from around Aotearoa.

Te toi whakairo, ka ihiihi,
ka wehiwehi, ka aweawe te ao katoa.

Artistic excellence makes the world sit up in wonder.

Community arts case studies

Sing it to My Face

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Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood of Barbarian Productions talk about Sing it to My Face – an ‘intergenerational conversation through song’ created in collaboration with community musician, music educator, composer and performer, Julian Raphael

The River Talks

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Tamati Patuwai of Mad Ave talks about The River Talks project. Mad Ave run a wide range of community development projects using arts as a tool for engagement, community cohesion and responding to issues in their community.

OTHER [chinese]

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Theatre artist Alice Canton talks about OTHER [chinese], a documentary theatre performance based around Chinese-New Zealand identity with a cast of 100 people of Chinese descent. The show was named ‘Best Show’ by Metro magazine in 2017 and won the Excellence Award for Overall Production, as well as taking the Hackman Cup for Most Original Production at the Auckland Theatre Awards.

Jolt Dance

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Jolt Dance artistic director Lyn Cotton talks about the work they do in their community. Jolt leads an inspired and interconnected programme of classes, teacher training and performance under the vision ‘to celebrate the unique qualities of our dancers and to challenge perspectives about dance and disability’.

Bathgate Park School

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Artist and community artist Janet de Wagt talks about her residency at Bathgate Park School and reflects on 30+ years of community arts practice.

Whānui

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Angela Green and Noma Sio-Faiumu talk about the Auckland Arts Festival Whānui project. Started in 2017, Whānui is a city-wide celebration of community art projects. In 2018 the theme was creative intergenerational conversations: where older and younger people interact, create, share and learn from each other. Five events took place across the Auckland region. Watch the 2018 Whānui wrap up video

A Waka Odyssey

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Anna Marbrook, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Kasia Pol talk about A Waka Odyssey – a large-scale, three-part project developed in collaboration with the New Zealand Festival in 2018 and involving over a thousand participants.

Other projects to inspire

Aotearoa

Arts Access Awards
An annual celebration of work that individuals and organisations have done to improve access to the arts.

Circability
Auckland’s Community Circus. They build bridges and break down barriers – using circus as a medium to bring people together.

Canterbrainers Choir
An open access, therapeutic choir for people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis.

Letting Space
An innovative, Wellington-based, organisation that seeks to transform the relationship between artists, the public and their environments to enable social change

Many Hats
A theatre company made up of adults with intellectual disability.

Nga Rangatahi Toa
A nationally and internationally recognised organisation working under a Creative Youth Development (CYD) model to support young people who have been excluded, or at risk of being excluded, from school.

Pacifica Mamas
The Pacifica Mamas (and Papas) are a collective of respected Pacific heritage artists and cultural leaders, brought together by a shared passion for the arts and culture of their Pacific homelands. They are based at the Pacifica Arts Centre in Auckland.

Sistema Aotearoa
An ensemble-based music programme for children based at the Otara Music Arts Centre

Te Kuwatawata
A Māori mental health clinic which uses arts and culture to support clients and whanau.

Tiffany Singh - 'Fly me up to where you are'
An artwork that operates as an educational model around empowerment and sharing your voice in predominantly decile 1 schools which are the 10% of schools with the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic communities.

International

A Restless Art
A collection of international participatory arts case studies pulled together by writer, researcher and consultant, François Matarasso.

Before I die (North America)
A global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public.

BIG hART
One of Australia’s leading community arts companies.

ChopArt
ChopArt is a multidisciplinary arts organisation based in Atlantis, Georgia, USA, which supports homeless youth ages 10-18 to to build community, cope and heal. Their programmes extend around the world.

Creative Growth Art Centre (USA)
The world’s first (established 1974) and largest non-profit centre dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine.

Creative People and Places (UK)
An action research project bringing together 25 arts programmes that are being run across the UK for communities that have historically had limited engagement with the arts.

Tinderbox Collective
A large, diverse collective of young people, musicians, artists, youth workers, community activists and volunteers that provides music education and opportunities for young people in north Edinburgh.

Village Arts and Humanities (USA)
A community-based programme in Philadelphia based on two initiatives: Learning through the Arts and Building through the Arts.


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