Local arts initiatives receive more than $27,000 funding

Local arts initiatives receive more than $27,000 funding

Following the latest Rotorua Creative Communities Scheme funding round, a total of $27,500 was awarded to 20 arts projects across the Rotorua district.

Creative Communities Rotorua Assessment Committee Chair Diana Beattie says the successful projects included story-telling, music events, visual arts, cultural arts, music and performing arts, community art installations and a new young writer’s conference.

“This application round has been really exciting with a very high standard of creative ideas presented,” says Beattie.

In the most recent funding round a total of 30 applications for funding were received, requesting more than $72,000.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) offers two opportunities for funding each year and this funding is invaluable in supporting local arts initiatives.

Kaharoa-School-Art-Week-2018.-Pop-Art-Me-Display-222x300 Local arts initiatives receive more than $27,000 fundingIn the previous round Kaharoa School were recipients of funding which allowed them to engage resident artist Joanne Black to develop confidence in art for their students during their biennial ‘Art Week’. Joanne taught children about different types of media, and explored their creative side, with work inspired by famous artists. To celebrate the children’s hard work Kaharoa School put on an exhibition opening night showcasing the artworks created on the theme “Our Wonderful Earth”.

Creative Communities Rotorua is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and Rotorua Lakes Council. Its main focus is to stimulate and provide support to arts and culture projects which:

  • encourage community engagement and participation in the arts;
  • support the diversity and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity;
  • enable and encourage young people to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

The next funding round for Rotorua Creative Communities, subject to funding from Creative New Zealand, will open 1 February 2019 and close on 6 March 2019.

“The scheme offers a real opportunity for arts projects to receive the support needed to turn an idea into a success,” says local Creative Communities Scheme administrator Julie Parsons. Julie has also offered her support to those who would like with their applications.

Applications must be for arts projects not yet started but to be delivered in the Rotorua district within 12 months of funding. Visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/creativecommunities for information and application forms or contact Julie Parsons Julie.parsons@rotorualc.nz


For further information:

Kathy Nicholls, Communications & Marketing Coordinator,

Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council

P: 07 351 7831 C: 0276 741 898 E: Kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz

Image credits: Kaharoa School children and art work created following funding received from Rotorua Creative Communities Scheme in last funding round.

Projects funded in the November 2018 grant round:

Visions of a Helping Hand Organisation Mana Wahine Designing and printing personal identity  artwork $500
Young New Zealand Writers Young Writers Day Out A full day writing conference with a selection of writing workshops for young writers $1,700
Riley Claxton Stranger in a Strange land A concertina photobook inspired by Rotorua, the place $805
Rotorua Arts Village Art in the Park Feb 2019 Art festival/ market $1,680
Rotorua Arts Village Open Studios Project A six week artist studio residency $2,000
Rotorua Little Theatre A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theatrical production $1,000
Rotorua Musical Theatre Madagascar a Musical Adventure Jr A Broadway Junior Musical $1,000
Rotorua Tongan Community Li Pe Ha Maea (Life Line) Twice weekly class for 17 weeks to learn singing/dancing and tapa/weaving $850
Rotorua UkeBox UkeBox Workshop Series 2018 A series of ukulele workshops and performances $1,500
Sarah Ziessen Finding Space Creation and exhibition of artworks and workshops exploring the Rotorua landscape $2,200
St Chads Communication Centre Understanding Our Fragile Environment Create and display art work to depict our impact on the environment $1,313
Sunset Primary School School Boundary Front Fenceline Upgrade Student community created art panels for the front boundary fenceline $1,300
The Travelling Tuataras Light and Shadow Puppet Community Art Project Community developed shadow puppet performance pieces from go to wow $1,500
Waiti Productions Ltd ‘Ko Tō Ake Kōrero- Your Own Story’ Māori Theatre Wānanga. A Māori theatre making workshop on devising, writing and producing your own theatre piece. $1,093