Performing arts groups given a helping hand to inspire local rangatahi

Published on 01 December 2023

Photo of successful recipients of Performing Arts Trust fundings

The Palmerston North Performing Arts Trust is excited to announce the successful recipients of this year’s round of funding for the Arts Heart Educational Development Project Scheme.

Three outstanding projects have been selected, all aimed at fostering talented young performers in Palmy and enriching our local arts scene.

Chair of the Performing Arts Trust, Margaret May, says the scheme is all about encouraging and educating young talent in Palmerston North.

“We’re wanting to enable these local groups to inspire young talent through workshops, masterclasses or summer school. These workshops will be vigorous and intense and will conclude with public performances.”

The three successful recipients have each received $2,000 to go towards their projects.

Centrepoint Theatre: Performing Arts Masterclasses for Youth

Centrepoint Theatre's project focuses on providing monthly masterclasses led by industry professionals in various performing arts disciplines. Targeted at individuals aged 15-17, the workshops aim to make the arts more accessible, with a diverse range of courses, including puppetry, circus skills, and acting for camera. The project is set to run from March to June 2024, offering a unique opportunity for local youth to engage with industry experts.

Rachel Lenart: Manawatū Summer Shakespeare Mentorship Programme

Rachel Lenart's project focuses on the annual Manawatū Summer Shakespeare production, which celebrates its 21st birthday in 2024. The mentorship programme includes workshops led by industry leaders, covering aspects such as acting, vocal training, and outdoor performance. With the support of Arts Heart, the programme aims to continue providing opportunities for local talents and fostering a love for Shakespeare within the community.

Anomaly Dance Trust: Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance Workshops

Anomaly Dance Trust aims to bring world-class dance education to the Manawatū region. The project includes introductory and advanced workshops in Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance, led by accomplished tutors who have represented New Zealand internationally. With a focus on inclusivity, the workshops aim to nurture local talent and offer pathways for dancers to pursue their dreams.

Mrs May congratulates the successful recipients.

“We’re really looking forward to witnessing the positive impacts these projects will have on our local performing arts community, and we wish these groups all the very best.”

The grant recipients are required to report back to the Trust on the outcomes of their projects. These reports will be uploaded to Council’s website next year.

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