11 June 2019
A country music festival, traditional Māori weaving workshops and an art exhibition are among a host of successful applicants in the April round of Creative Communities Waipā.
The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) is a fund supporting community arts initiatives that help grow and promote creativity in Waipā and around New Zealand.
Each year there are two funding rounds, in April and September. For this round just over $22,000 was allocated to 15 applicants.
One successful applicant, the Cambridge Society of Arts, received funding towards a watercolour workshop and a mixed media workshop which will be open to all who are interested in improving their skills in painting.
Society treasurer Ineke Zegwaard said the funding made it possible to “attract quality tutors” for their workshops while still keeping it affordable for students.
“The Cambridge Society of Arts is a lively group of people who meet at the Painting Place in Thornton Road to paint, have workshops and exhibitions. Creative Community grants help enormously with the funding.”
Another applicant received funding for a three-day country music festival to take place in Te Awamutu.
Funds are provided by Creative New Zealand for councils around New Zealand to administer.
Grants can cover materials for arts activities, workshops, venue and equipment hire, promotion of arts activities and more. Each project must focus on at least one of the scheme’s three criteria; access and participation, diversity or young people.
A list of all recipients of the April 2019 round of funding can be found on our website; waipadc.govt.nz/creativecommunities. The next round of funding will open in September 2019.