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Cash for creativity

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2 February 2004


Cash for creativity

Auckland City is now inviting applications for its next round of Creative Communities funding.

Round One opens on 9 February 2004 and closes on 26 March 2004. It is open to arts-related projects taking place between 15 June 2004 and 30 June 2005.

Individuals or art groups can apply for arts funding for projects that either:
- increase participation in the arts
- increase the range and diversity of the arts available to communities, or
- enhance and strengthen the local arts sector.

All projects must benefit residents of Auckland City.

For example, the Turning Mobility project was a successful recipient last year. Tim Turner, project manager, says: “It would have been really difficult to continue the project without the Creative Communities funding assistance. Turning Mobility is about helping the community understand and accept disabled people through art. Disability and art are really quite similar. In both cases you want to be accepted whether it’s for who you are or what you’ve created. Our art exhibition, in which 60 per cent of the artists involved have some form of disability, creates an opportunity for disabled people to express who they are and what they can do. Being able to undertake this project has made me realise my worth and that I’m capable of helping others. It has also helped me apply for further funding for a disability arts performance which will be part of the Giant Leap Festival, Dec 2004 at Aotea Centre.”

A series of public information sessions will be held in March, and these will be advertised in City Scene and local newspapers.

For more details about the Creative Communities funding scheme, visit www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/grantsandfunding or phone (09) 379 2020.

Ends

Public Information Sessions
6-7pm Thursday 4 March 2004
Freeman’s Bay Community Centre Function Room
52 Hepburn St
Freeman’s Bay 1-2pm Wednesday 17 March 2004
Waiheke Surfdale Hall
6 Hamilton Road
Surfdale Waiheke

12-1pm Tuesday 9 March 2004
Orakei Marae
Administration Building
59 Kitemoana St
Orakei 6-7pm Wednesday 17 March 2004
AUT Marae Nga Wai O Horotiu
Auckland University Technology
corner of St Pauls and Wellesley Street

6-7pm Thursday 11 March 2004
Avondale Community Centre
99 Rosebank Road
Avondale
1-2pm Thursday 18 March 2004
Onehunga Community Centre
83 Church Street
Onehunga


ENDS

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