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Diverse performing arts programmes receive grant funding

Monday December 11 2017

Three Palmerston North performing arts projects received grants today from the Palmerston North Performing Arts Trust’s Arts Heart scheme. The three recipients received seeding grants to help them run performing arts programmes that will develop and advance skills for the community.

Photo shows this year's recipients with the deputy mayor and trustees.

Left to right: Toi and Virginia Warbrick, Trust Chair Sheridan Hickey, Dan Pengelly, Centrepoint Theatre, Deputy Mayor Tangi Utikere, Harry Lilley and Shannen Petersen of Creative Sounds–The Stomach, and Trustee Maureen Ax.

Trust Chair Sheridan Hickey said: “Performing arts are a team effort as most projects involve a number of people. These grants provide grassroots level opportunities and will be great for local performing arts in the future. They also help with building audiences and participation. We are delighted to present these grants to assist with their programmes that will provide some amazing opportunities for people in our community, particularly youth.”

Scholarship recipients

Centrepoint Theatre: $2,800

Centrepoint is working with local secondary schools to introduce and expand theatre sports in in 2018. Centrepoint is hosting the National Theatresports Championships in June and hopes to bolster participation in youth theatresports, with the aim of having an interschool ‘play-off’ before the national champs.

Toi Warbrick: $2,500

With 30 years dedicated to Māori music, Warbrick wants to make Palmerston North the ‘capital city of pūtorino’. His scholarship is to assist with a course teaching the creation and performance of the traditional and unique instrument to Aotearoa New Zealand. He also has plans to combine traditional Māori instruments with chamber music.

Creative Sounds: $900

Aspiring sound engineers from secondary schools will have the opportunity of attending a two-day course in April to be run by Creative Sounds, thanks to assistance from the scholarship funds. The course will introduce students to practical experience in a wide range of areas related to sound engineering, as well as how to pursue it as a career.

Palmerston North City Council manages the Performing Arts Trust and Mayor Grant Smith is one of the current trustees, along with Ms Hickey, Maureen Ax and Margaret May.