Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee has approved 30 applications for grants totalling $435,850 through round one of the 2019/2020 Regional Arts and Culture grants programme.
The Regional Arts and Culture grants programme is designed to help organisations, communities and artists to deliver arts and culture projects and activities across Tāmaki Makaurau. Grants delivered through this programme support the implementation of Toi Whītiki, Auckland’s Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan.
Councillor Cathy Casey, chair of the committee, says that this fund aims to help all Aucklanders access and participate in arts and culture.
“Auckland Council values and invests in arts and culture and the diverse organisations receiving funding from our Regional Arts and Culture grants programme illustrates the unique cultural identity that we have here in Tāmaki Makaurau.”
Cat Ruka, Artistic Director for the Tempo Dance Festival, says that the New Zealand Dance Festival Trust is thrilled to receive funding at a time when the Trust is preparing to embark on a new and exciting strategic direction.
“In the past, the council’s funding has been instrumental in ensuring Tempo Dance Festival can continue to provide invaluable infrastructure and mentoring opportunities for Aotearoa’s dance artists. Moving forward, it will enable us to activate even more opportunities beyond the festival that will service dance artists and enable all people of Tāmaki Makaurau to engage with and see themselves reflected in dance.”
“Through the platforming of diverse styles of dance, we seek to affirm the cultural identity of all Aucklanders and give mana to diverse communities of dance artists. We are beyond thrilled that Auckland Council has given us the opportunity to deepen our impact on this incredible city and strengthen the important leadership role we occupy within the sector,” says Cat Ruka.
Amanda Rees, General Manager of Massive Company says that the support received from the council has enabled them to reach a wonderful mix of young people and develop them as arts’ practitioners.
“We have provided young people with one-on-one training as theatre directors and provided professional actors for them to work with and develop their skills. We have worked with a group of rangatahi for 12 months to give them training as actors and storytellers. We have created theatre with them which has told uplifting stories of cross-generational whānau support, told multi-cultural navigational stories which tie in with Matariki themes and that have centred around empowering young people to speak up about how they feel, and fight for what they care about.”
“Auckland Council support has meant we’ve been able to attract a beautifully diverse group of youth and who we have been able to work with locally, it means we’ll be able to continue with our free training and creation of theatre with youth.”
“I knew little to nothing about my heritage before joining Massive. Massive has allowed me to learn about my heritage and has encouraged me to ask and talk to family members about stories and my past. The best stuff was the connections I made! [it] made me ask questions to my family about my Whakapapa and I learnt sooooo much” (16-year-old female, Massive Theatre participant).
The Regional Arts and Culture Grants Programme budget is allocated under three categories:
- Audience development and programming project grants: These grants support the delivery of a wide range of high-quality arts and cultural experiences that would not otherwise be economically viable. These projects should be capable of attracting audiences from across Tāmaki Makaurau.
- Business and capacity development project grants: These grants are intended to increase the professionalism and build the sustainability of regional arts and culture organisations through the development of strategic, business and marketing plans; feasibility studies; organisational development and digital/web development activities.
- Strategic relationship grants: These grants are single or multi-year funding relationships with a small number of strategic organisations operating at the regional level. These organisations are or are capable of becoming the ‘cornerstones’ of a thriving arts and culture sector in Auckland.
Members of the committee approved funding to the following organisations:
|Audience development and programming grants|
|Touch Compass Dance Trust||A multi-sensory theatre work for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities||$25,000|
|Action Education||Word The Front Line 2020||$25,000|
|Maree Sheehan||Ootairongo audio portraiture exhibition||$15,000|
|Auckland Writers and Readers Charitable Trust||Community and free programmes at Auckland Writers Festival 2020||$20,000|
|Tim Bray Theatre Company||Community engagement with diverse audiences||$25,000|
|Massive Company||Kia Puawai – theatre workshops and performances||$21,000|
|TOHU Productions||PURE, an intercultural dance project||$21,000|
|Peata Melbourne||Provocation, a play by Aroha Awarau||$10,000|
|Girls Rock! Aotearoa||Music workshops, mentoring and performance||$5,000|
|Brilliant Adventures Ltd||Everything After theatre production||$15,000|
|NZ Ukulele Trust||Ukulele Festival 2019||$10,000|
|YWCA||18 at 18 art exhibition||$10,000|
|SquareSums&Co Ltd||Development of a new Asian contemporary theatre work||$9,000|
|The Oryza Foundation||Asian Playwrights Lab Series #2||$8,000|
|NZ Barok||Musical concerts including Baby Barok free programme||$5,000|
|Prayas Cultural Group||First World Problems 2.0||$7,000|
|New Zealand Comedy Trust||Dialogue community event||$8,550|
|Jumpboard Productions||Live Live Cinema||$10,000|
|Manukau Orchestral Society||Concert Four, 2019||$10,000|
|Taurima Vibes||Atawhai Festival arts events||$10,000|
|Business and capacity project grants|
|Circability Trust||Organisational development project||$10,000|
|He Waka Eke Noa Trust||Digital platform project||$20,000|
|Theatre Stampede/Nightsong||Website development||$15,000|
|Script to Screen||Strength in Numbers business capacity project||$12,000|
|Manukau Orchestral Society||Business, marketing and audience development strategies||$12,300|
|Documentary New Zealand Trust||Digital strategy||$10,000|
|New Zealand Comedy Trust||Website development||$17,000|
|Strategic relationship grants|
|New Zealand Dance Festival Trust||$25,000 per annum for one year|
|Massive Theatre Company||$20,000 per annum for three years|
|Documentary New Zealand Trust||$25,000 per annum for one year|
FULL FUNDING ALLOCATION
The contestable programme has a budget of $1,141,976 for 2019/2020. The scheme allocates grants through two funding rounds each year.