Funding boost for creative projects in Waipā
A mural project, a dance workshop, an arts festival and a free play for children are among the 11 initiatives to receive a funding boost from the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.
The scheme, which is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and Waipa District Council, supports local community arts projects that promote and foster creativity.
One recipient excited to receive funding is Kihikihi School for a project to beautify the school grounds.
Project Muralise will see students and accomplished local artists work together to create murals inspired by the values of the school.
Students will be involved in artwork development and completion and whānau will be invited to participate.
Kihikihi School teacher Erin Keremeta-Kapa said the project would promote the arts and give children a sense of pride in their school environment.
“We believe that we can make a difference to the future of our rangatahi by providing a chance to talk with, collaborate with, and learn from local artists who have chosen this path.”
On the other side of the district, Cambridge Autumn Festival 2020 has also benefitted from funding.
The festival, from 26 March to 5 April, is an annual celebration of performing and visual arts, unfolding over 10 days in autumn.
Creative Communities Scheme funding can cover materials for arts activities, workshops, venue or equipment hire, promotion of arts activities and more.
Each project should focus on at least one of the scheme’s three criteria: access and participation, diversity or young people.