Local arts initiatives receive more than $23,000 funding

Local arts initiatives receive more than $23,000 funding

Following the latest Rotorua Creative Communities Scheme funding round, a total of $23,100 was awarded to 13 arts projects across the Rotorua district.

Creative Communities Rotorua Assessment Committee Administrator, Julie Parsons, says the successful projects included theatre, visual arts, cultural and art festivals, glass art, opera, vogue dance, and musical performance.

“It’s fascinating to see the creative projects brewing in our community. While it is lovely to be able to support the traditional styles of performance and visual art it is always exciting to support a brand new experience for our community”, says Julie. “We received a smaller than usual number of applications, probably as a result of the COVID-19 environment. We really want to help our creatives in these difficult times so urge them to put their creative caps on and develop their ideas in time for our next funding round”

In the most recent funding round, 16 applications, requesting more than $72,000 were received. Due to the smaller number of applications, a greater percent of the annual fund has been allocated to the second round of funding which will close in March 2021.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) offers two opportunities every year for creatives to fund their work and is particularly invaluable to organisations and individuals that do not have charitable status.  This scheme is open to all New Zealand individuals and groups, provided their project is creative art, well thought through and delivered in the Rotorua Lakes District.

“We’ve seen exciting projects develop over the last few rounds that have enabled some of those in our community who traditionally miss out, to experience the creation of art,” expounds Julie.  “Dance for those with disabilities and visual art for seniors, have both produced rewarding results.”

This round sees Rotorua’s first vogue ball happen on 7 November at The Blue Baths. The brain child of Raukawa Tuhura, a dancer of international repute, who wanted to create an event where the LGBTQI community could safely express their artistic talents.

The next funding round for Rotorua Creative Communities will open 1 February 2021 and close on 6 March 2021.

Applications must be for arts projects not yet started, that will 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 8456 C: 0276 741 898 E: Kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz

Image three credit: Dance 4 Us. Photo courtesy of Lakes Charitable Trust

Projects funded in the November 2020 grant round:

Applicant   Project   Grant
BOP Rotorua Indian Association – Shashi Patel Diwali 2020 $1700
Jayne Baume Glenholme Leavers Fused Glass Workshop $1000
Lakes Charitable Trust – Rebecca Brake Aladdin Jnr Musical $3000
Opera in the Pa -Joanne LaGrouw Opera in the Pa $1800
Paradise Fusion -Mandy Jacobs & Jayne Baume Cancer Society Community Art Piece 2020 $1500
Raukawa Tuhura The Ball of Trix $2000
Rotorua Arts Village Art in the Park 21 $2500
Rotorua Arts Village Summer Arts Programme $2500
Rotorua Arts Village Summer Festival $2500
Rotorua Ministers Association – Bobby Howard Christmas Day Community Lunch $500
Rotorua Multicultural Council -Margriet Theron Latin American Fiesta $1700
Rotorua Music School -Angela Hoskins Celebration Concert $900
Rotorua Musical Theatre – Bobby Howard Aotearoa -The New Zealand Rock Musical $1500