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Kane Forbes appointed as City Arts Director

Monday October 21 2019

Palmerston North City Council has appointed independent contractor Kane Forbes as the City Arts Director.

One of his roles is chairing the city’s Arts Powerhouse Advisory Board to coordinate and develop relationships and networks to deliver on Council’s Creative and Liveable Strategy, and in particular, its Arts Plan.

“We hope our arts and cultural groups will soon see the value and benefit of the city having an Arts Director to coordinate work both the Council and the community are doing to create Palmerston North’s reputation as an arts powerhouse,” says Debbie Duncan, General Manager – Community.

“Kane has returned to Palmerston North with a huge wealth of international experience delivering strategies and coordinating a wide variety of exceptional arts and culture projects. We’re delighted he is undertaking this role with a passion for this city and the value of promoting and supporting arts and artists in our community.”

A strong role focus is the working relationship with arts and cultural groups, Council-controlled organisations and the wider arts sector, including Square Edge, Centrepoint, Snails, The Stomach, Rangitāne, UCOL, Massey University and the wider arts community.

“We can all achieve maximum benefits through collective participation rather than groups and organisations working in isolation. The City Arts Director will be pivotal in identifying new opportunities to deliver innovative and creative cross-unit initiatives delivered by Council designed to engage through arts in the community and to work with partners to source funding for the delivery of significant art events that are not currently funded,” Mrs Duncan says.

The City Arts Director will work alongside Council’s community development team, who are responsible for the delivery of the Arts Plan, which sits alongside other plans within the Creative and Liveable Strategy (such as the Events and Festivals, Palmy Unleashed, Placemaking, City Centre, Manawatū River and Culture and Heritage Plans).

The City Arts Director role is part-time and Kane will continue in his role as Manager of Square Edge Community Arts. Kane can be contacted on 021 197 6241.