Young New Zealanders to get more opportunities for arts experiences

4 Dec 2018

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Young New Zealanders to get more opportunities for arts experiences
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Three new funds to help more young New Zealanders benefit from greater involvement in the arts have been launched by Creative New Zealand.

The funds will support arts projects to help young New Zealanders (aged 10 to 25) to attend, participate or lead arts projects in their own communities.  In the first year of the five year initiative, $500,000 will be available across the three funds.

New Zealanders and the arts research published by Creative New Zealand in May found that while young New Zealanders (10 – 14 years old) participating in the arts felt more confident and good about life, there was a decline in enjoyment as they entered their teenage years.

The research also found that 20% of young people (10-14 years old) wanted more access to the arts and would be more involved if it was cheaper to attend or participate, if their friends went and if there were more arts activities that appealed near where they lived.

The research also found that young adults (15-24 years old) were less positive about the arts in general than other adult New Zealanders.  More than 60% agreed they would attend arts events if there were more events that were relevant to them.

 “We want more young people to have the opportunity to explore their creative potential. These dedicated funds will help to generate more opportunities and also support young people to create the arts experiences that appeal to them,” said Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager, Arts Development Services, Cath Cardiff.

To reach more young people Creative New Zealand is open to applications from a broad range of New Zealand-based individuals and organisations that have an arts focus including schools, marae and youth development organisations.

 “We want more young people to enjoy the benefits that come from engaging with the arts for their confidence, sense of inclusion and well-being as well as supporting initiatives that develop our artists and audiences of the future,” said Cath Cardiff.

The three funds have distinct approaches as follows:

  • Toi Rangatahi Participation Fund – supports artists/organisations to provide opportunities for young people aged 10-14 to participate in high-quality arts activities.  Grants up to $65,000 are available.
  • Toi Rangatahi Engagement Fund – supports established organisations that want to provide opportunities for people aged 15-25 to engage in high-quality arts experiences. Grants up to $65,000 are available.
  • Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund – supports young people aged 15-25 to lead high quality arts projects by, with and for other young people. Grants up to $10,000.

The deadline for applications to the funds is 1 March 2019.  A second round for Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund only is available on 26 July 2019.

Notes to editors:

Creative New Zealand publishes triennial research into New Zealanders participation in, attendance of and engagement with the arts. The New Zealanders and the arts research helps to guide Creative New Zealand’s investment in the arts for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Key findings from the research were:

  • 67% of 10-14 year olds agreed taking part in arts activities makes feel more confident.
  • 62% of 10-14 year olds agreed taking part in arts activities made me feel good about life in general.
  • 10-14 year olds agreed they would engage in more arts activities if they were cheaper or free (58%), if their friends went (49%) and if there were more or better choices closer to home (45%).
  • 15-24 year olds agreed they would engage in more arts activities if there were more that appealed to them (61%), if they had someone to go with (58%) and if ticket prices were cheaper (55%).
  • 55% of 15-24 year olds agree that some arts interest them but they still don’t go much.

More information on how New Zealanders engage with the arts including regional reports and interactive dashboards