$25,000 funding available for Rotorua arts initiatives

$25,000 funding available for Rotorua arts initiatives

Applications are being sought for the next funding round of the Creative Communities Scheme which closes on 6 March 2019.

With $25,000 available, Rotorua Creative Communities Scheme administrator Julie Parsons believes the Creative Communities funding often makes the difference between whether a project can happen or not.

“This is a real opportunity for creatives to make a difference in the lives of Rotorua people by helping them to participate in the arts”, says Mrs Parsons.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local arts projects so that all New Zealanders can be involved in, support or attend a wide range of events including dance, literature, Māori arts, crafts, film, music, Pacific arts, theatre and visual arts.

In the last funding round 20 local arts initiatives received grants totaling more than $30,000, ranging in value from $500 – $2,500. Successful projects included theatre, singing and poetry collaboration, art exhibitions, Cuban festival, artist residencies, youth programmes, art workshops and music based events.

One recently completed programme that benefited from funding was Art in Glass, a project that saw artist Jayne Baume run five workshops with the clients of St Chads Communication Centre. The end result was a large piece of glass art to hang in their public area and increased skills and confidence for all involved.

“The highlight of this project was getting to work with this wonderful group of people and running a successful project with a great outcome. The enthusiasm and excitement for this project was amazing and the end product is something I know each and every one of the people involved is very proud of”, says Jayne Baume.

Applications must be for arts projects which have not yet started and which will be completed within 12 months of receiving funding. Previous applicants are welcome to apply, but will only be considered if their end-of-project accountability reports have been received.

Applications can be downloaded from www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/creativecommunities and completed applications should be emailed to Julie.parsons@rotorualc.nz by 6 March 2019, or posted to Julie Parsons at Rotorua Lakes Council, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua, 3046.