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Creative Communities Fund distributes $35,000 to local Arts

16 December 2013

Creative Communities Fund distributes $35,000 to local Arts

Fourteen local arts groups will have a top-up to their funds thanks to their success in the recent Creative Communities funding round.

Creative Communities funding encourages locals to actively participate in art-making in their community and thanks to the funding received, many of the events and workshops are free or low cost.

“Unlike some other grants, Creative Communities allows individual artists and small groups to apply whereas most funding requires applicants to be a registered charitable trust,” says Pippa Sanderson, Hutt City Council Community Arts and Culture Advisor.

“That means groups like Hutt Valley Community Choir, Wainui Graff Off and Wainuiomata Water Festival can have costs like artist fees, materials, stage and set hire and costumes funded, which is unusual for most grants.”

Josh Briggs who organised the Wainui Graff Off said, “The grant has enabled us to realise our vision of having our community brought together around Graff arts.

“We’ve been able to bring 30 artists – from four-year-olds to people in the 20s together to make art and they’ve all had a great time.”

The projects funded will be staged between November 2013 up until October 2014. In total 36 groups applied for $102,909. The committee had $35,000 to award.

There are two funding rounds each year. The next round will open in February 2014 for projects taking place from May onwards.

The Creative Communities Scheme is funded by Creative New Zealand, the government arts funding body, and administered by New Zealand city and district councils to support local community art activities.


Christmas in Da Hood – Pomare Community House
$3,081 to produce the Christmas in Da Hood festival

Class Comedians – NZ Comedy Trust
To run comedy/performance training workshops, performances and mentoring for secondary school students, which includes a public graduation during the International Comedy Festival.

Hutt Valley Community Choir
$600 to run a free community concert in December 2013 at St Oran’s college.

NAG at The Dowse – Marcus McShane
$1,625 to construct and then run a public performance piece during The Fringe Festival 2014.

Lower Hutt Women’s Centre
$1,250 to run five one-day painting workshops with an experienced art tutor.

Wainuiomata Little Theatre
$4,000 to stage a production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

$900 to have experienced local artist Neville Ware teach stone sculpture to artists over a series of eight workshops.

Taita Carving Project
$4,000 for a carving tutor to work with local youth to carve two pou for the Walter Nash Park.

Taita Youth Mural – Taita Community Trust
$3,606 for a mural project to provide a focus to bring the community together, and deter vandalism and graffiti.

Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Trust
$3,000 so that pupils from Sacred Heart College can take part in ‘The Battalion’, a play about the Māori Battalion.

Under the Spinfluence
$4,000 for an outdoor fire performance involving experienced circus practitioners and local youth.

Tu Meke Festival
$2,760 for the festival held in Taita.

Wainui Graff Off
$1,843 to give 40 young people the opportunity to create a piece of art with spray paint on skim boards and boogie boards.

Wainuiomata Water Festival
$2,335 to run a one-day water festival in Wainuiomata’s Queen Street Reserve.


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