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Creative Communities Committee Appoints New Members

Creative Communities Committee Appoints New Members

The Horowhenua Creative Communities Special Assessment Committee has appointed two new members following nominations in January and February.

The nominations of Stuart Schwartz and Paul King have been accepted by the committee. They will join a team of four other community representatives and two Horowhenua District Councillors.  Cr Michael Feyen was also recently appointed to the role, after his election as a Councillor in late 2013.

Funded by Creative New Zealand, the committee meets two to four times annually to determine the outcome of applications lodged for the Horowhenua Creative Communities Grant Scheme.

Paul King is best known in the Horowhenua as the long-time business owner of Kings Sound Centre in Oxford Street, Levin, and has a strong background in the involvement of local music and community events.

Stuart Schwartz moves over from his recent work with the Palmerston North City Council as the deputy chairperson of the Arts and Culture Subcommittee and an extensive list of services to the community including membership on the board of trustees of the Palmerston North Community Arts Council. His wider background includes work as a gallery and museum curator and director.

Committee Chairperson and Councillor Victoria Kaye-Simmons says she is impressed with the depth of experience on the committee and wanted to pay special thanks to the two committee members who left in 2013.

“There is an excellent spread of knowledge across the arts in this community and its very well represented in this committee. I want to thank Rosalie Blake and Carl Terry for their time and contribution on the committee. The impact to the Horowhenua community has been inspiring” said Cr Kaye-Simmons.

The Creative Communities Scheme’s kaupapa is to increase participation, range and depth of arts and cultural activity in local communities by providing targeted funding that is administered by its own local body. The most recent round of funding closed on Friday 28 February and the outcome of applications will be determined this month.

The new members of the Creative Communities Committee have joined for a term of three years, with the opportunity to serve for two consecutive terms in total.

For information about the Creative Communities Scheme, contact Horowhenua District Council Community Development Officer Garreth Stevens on 366 0999 or garreths@horowhenua.govt.nz.

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