Over $60,000 in grants for Rotorua arts initiatives


Over $60,000 in grants for Rotorua arts initiatives

With nearly double the normal amount of funding available, the Rotorua District Creative Communities Scheme are pleased to announce that $63,446 has been awarded to support Rotorua arts initiatives. 

Creative Communities Rotorua Lead, Julie Parsons, says 38 grants were presented to a wide variety of arts projects including workshops and cultural performances, festivals and theatre, visual arts, literature and music.

“After the ‘tree-mendous’ success of the yarn-bombed tree at the Rotorua Arts Village the Creative Communities Scheme committee are looking forward to seeing a series of inner city trees jacketed in themes of our recent COVID-19 lockdowns. Local artist, Annette Bates, will be looking for proposals from locals keen to create these pieces”, says Mrs Parsons.

Other exciting new projects for Rotorua include the Accelerando programme, a six day workshop to develop skills of talented Rotorua singers.  And local glass artist, Heather Kremen, will be running workshops and an exhibition to demonstrate the incredible complexity of making a piece of Murinni glass.

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 the focus of their project is primarily creative art, is well thought through and delivered in the Rotorua Lakes District.

Ball-of-TriX-2020-1024x683 Over $60,000 in grants for Rotorua arts initiatives
Ball of TriX was award CCS funding for the first ever Rotorua vogue ball in November 2020

The last round round of funding supported Rotorua’s first vogue ball which happened in November 2020. Ball of the TriX was 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 August 2021 and close on 26 September 2021.

Applications must be for projects that are primarily focused on the creative arts, have not yet commenced and 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 Lead

Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council

P: 07 351 8456 C: 0276 741 898 E: Kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz

Main Image: The Rotorua Arts Village Summer Festival received CCS funding towards their event in December 2020.

Full list of successful applicants who received Creative Communities Scheme funding in the current round

Angie Belcher Waka Ama Making a video of The Boys in the Waka Ama book
Annette Bates Yarn Bomb Jacketing trees These Times of Lockdown
Aratika Cancer Trust Creative Art with Aratika 3 x craft workshops
Atomic Church Te Kaihanga o Ngā Whetū – Matariki Christian Kapa Haka Festival 2021 Kapa Haka festival and workshops
Bay of Plenty District Rugby League Rotorua Youth Festival Youth festival
Bobby Howard NZ Music Month Rotorua 22 Music performances through May
BOP Blues Club Blues on Sunday Monthly Blues concert
Brian Potiki Exile on Tombleson Rd Book of illustrated poems
Claire Delaney Itsy Bitsy Printing of a children’s book
Geyserland Art Group The Fabric of Our Imagination Workshop and exhibition
Heather Kremen Murinni Roll up demos Demonstrate how a Murinni glass piece is made through artists talk and demonstrations in hot shop
Helen English Upcycling a pair of jeans into a bag 3 workshops to teach skills of upcycling
Hindu Council NZ Rangoli and Mehndi Moko 2 x Workshops and exhibition
IHC New Zealand Incorporated IHC National Kapa Haka 21 Kapa haka festival for performers who have an intellectual disability
Institute of Music Teachers Rotorua Ako Puoro From the Lakes to the Geysers Workshops, masterclasses, seminars and concerts for students and teachers
Janet Keen Be Kind To Animals Children create outdoor paintings (for school)
Janet Keen Conservation of Wetlands – Okareka Children help create a mural, posters and poetry about Okareka wetlands
Jayne Baume Cancer Society Community Art Piece and Workshops Workshops to design and create a fused glass art piece for display in the Cancer Society Offices
Krissie Knap Behind the Door with Krissie Knap Theatre Show
Performing Arts Charitable Trust Arts in Schools with Sports BOP Taster Classes of Performing Arts to create arts sustainability in schools
Performing Arts Charitable Trust Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat Full scale junior theatre production
Liz Carrington Rotorua Accelerando Programme Holiday programme – 6 days music and stagecraft tuition for talented secondary school singers
Mamaku School Mamaku Rock Warriors and Wharenui Completion of Māori fence mural
Melissa Begley Spring Sing Series Series of singing workshops for adults
Lockwood New Zealand Aria Trust New Zealand Aria Competition Annual classical singing competition for young people
Nicola Wright Senior Art Workshops Round 4 4 x 10 Craft Workshops for Seniors in Residential /Day care
Phil Spear Improv for Beginners 10 Workshops to develop improvisational theatrical/comedic skills
Raukawa Tuhura The Ball of the Trix 21 Rotorua’s very own Vogue Ball Workshops in Vogue dance and the competitive catwalk performance
Rietta Austin Theatre Craft Workshop Fully rounded musical theatre workshop
Rotorua Arts Village Trust Community and Family Day Free community event to promote creative organisations and their activities to Rotorua community
Rotorua Multicultural Council He kete kotahi he whenua maha – One Basket Art exhibition
Rotorua Music Federation Solo Piano Concert Liam Wooding Chamber concert – piano
Rotorua Music School Jump Junior Saturday morning bi-cultural music programme for under 7s
Rotorua Potters Group Inc Rotorua Pottery Exhibition Annual exhibition of work by Rotorua Potters Group
Te Atawhai Aroha Compassionate Communities Rotorua Toby or Not To Be 4 performances incorporating song, music, contemplation, and conversation with traditional story telling
Te Pua Inano Rutu Kuki Airani Series of workshops in Cook Island Drumming
Tunohopu Marae Waitangi Day Mō te Aroha o te Iwi For the Love of the People Exhibition of memorabilia and portraits of nine winning Te Matatini male and female leaders
Ubuntu African Society African Day Celebration Africa Day celebration including music & dance