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2002 Regional Museums Policy Funding

Applications called for 2002 Regional Museums Policy Funding, as a 2001 recipient opens to public

Regional museums have today been invited to submit applications under the Regional Museums Policy for Capital Construction Projects, says Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard.

The government last year established the Regional Museums Policy fund to supplement local funding for capital projects at some regional museums.

“Many regional museums hold collections of national significance, and many of these institutions play an important role in their communities,” says Judith Tizard.

Tomorrow Judith Tizard will participate in the opening of Aratoi, the new Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. Aratoi was one of the first three recipients of Regional Museums funding in 2001, along with Puke Ariki in New Plymouth and Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore.

“The establishment of Aratoi will have a significant and positive impact on the Wairarapa community,” says Judith Tizard. “The award-winning building has already been in demand for exhibitions, displays and concerts, and this weekend the entire museum complex will finally open to the public.

“Our performing and visual arts and our collections of memories make a big contribution to our national identity. Local cultural centres are important as places for stories to be told and re-told and as places that encourage people to engage with cultural activities. Centres such as Aratoi bring people together.

“The Regional Museums funding scheme is helping make a real difference in the museum sector and in the regions. Once again the government has responded to the needs of the community.”

The government has committed $5 million to the Regional Museums Policy fund this year. Applications should be sent to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, PO Box 5364, Wellington by Friday 22 March. Decisions will be made public as part of the Budget announcement in May. Details on the Policy and application process can be found on the Ministry’s website: www.mch.govt.nz

Judith Tizard will attend the official opening of Aratoi - Saturday 9 Feb 2pm Official party assembles 1.55pm corner of Cricket Lane & Dixon St.

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