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Spotlight on young people thanks to Creative Communities scheme

Monday June 8 2020

Te Aroha Noa Community Services run the KidzLIFE holiday programme in the first week of each school holidays, offering 50 local kids new opportunities that foster learning, growth and fun.

Photo shows kids at a holiday programme doing an activity.


As recipients of the second round of Creative Communities funding, Te Aroha Noa Community Services is dedicating its October KidzLIFE holiday programme solely to the arts, as a one-off KidzLIFE Arts Academy week.

Community Engagement Coordinator Ashleigh Couper says the week will provide kids the opportunity to participate in a wide range of creative arts including dance, visual art, music, drama and writing.

“We recognise that many of our children may not have the opportunity or resources to explore new, or regularly engage in arts activities,” says Ashleigh.

“With this funding, our kids will have a fantastic opportunity to access tutors with a variety of arts expertise to help them to explore a range of arts and express themselves.”

The multidisciplinary organisation been funded through the Creative Communities scheme in the past to include art activities as a part of KidzLIFE, but never have they been able to offer multiple types of art sessions in one holiday programme.

The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Palmerston North City Council and Creative New Zealand to fund local arts projects.

Among eligibility criteria for scheme funding is that arts projects must be within the Palmerston North City Council boundaries and have an arts or culture focus. Projects must either create opportunities for local communities to participate in arts activities, support diverse arts and cultural traditions, or enable and encourage under-18s to engage with the arts.

Creative Communities Scheme 2019-20: Round two successful applications

There were two rounds of Creative Communities Scheme funding for 2019-20, with a total of $101,160 available. Successful applications for the second round of funding (total $40,888) include:

Little Green Man Productions, Te Moana GLOW SHOW! $2,500

Te Moana GLOW SHOW! is a magical glow-in-the-dark giant scale puppet show. A new and exciting theatre show for all tamariki aged 2-10 years, featuring characters from Māori myths and legends!

Rockquest Promotions Ltd, Showquest, $3,400

When applying, Showquest had planned a nationwide performing arts competition for school students Y1-13, however due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of events, plans changed. Instead they’ll be running Showquest on Screen, challenging students to create a 7-minute (max) self-filmed screen video exploring a theme or storyline. They’ll also be visiting schools with a professional videographer to run free workshops on basic filming and editing techniques for students.

Taipari Waaka, Nga Kete Aronui 2020, $4,160

In Nga Kete Aronui, Taipari Waaka uses music, film, performance, social media, te reo Māori and tikanga to encourage students to learn life skills. These skills are practised vigorously throughout the workshop, with the intent to be applied in all social situations from school, at home, and out in the wider community.

Studio on the Square, 2020/2021 Art Programmes, $3,000

Studio on the Square is offering numerous art classes, workshops, exhibitions and social events in Terms 3 and 4 2020 and in Term 1 2021.

Te Aroha Noa Community Services, KidzLIFE Arts Academy Week, $6,020

Te Aroha Noa runs the KidzLIFE holiday programme in the first week of each school holidays. For the October holidays they’ll have a specialised Arts Academy week where kids can engage with a wide range of arts opportunities, including visual art, dance, music, drama and writing.

Aotearoa Waitangi Awards Charitable Trust, Aotearoa Country Music Awards, $5,620

The Aotearoa Country Music Awards is a national singing competition held annually in Palmerston North. This competition feeds into a larger supreme competition called Entertainer of the Year run by the New Zealand Country Music Association in October.

Little Barking Dog Theatre, Performances by Little Dog Barking Theatre in Palmerston North, $2,280

Little Barking Dog Theatre are hosting Roaming Theatre and Storytelling in various venues around Palmerston North, starting with performances of the White Tree at the Globe Theatre during the October School Holidays.

Amy Atkins, ‘period.’ re-devising & school performance, $4,708

Period is a 45-minute educational comedy that follows Karla, a young girl, as she experiences her period for the very first time. It’s designed to help people, young and old, understand—and become comfortable talking about—periods, as well as to initiate discussions around period poverty, period shaming, and body awareness.

Angie Farrow, Angie Farrow, $4,200

Angie Farrow presents an evening of plays on the theme of Memory, written by herself.

Karen Seccombe, WAI Women's Art Initiative collective, The isolation project, $5,000

This is not the project the WAI Women’s Art Initiative collective intended on presenting, but it has happened in response to the lockdown and Covid19 viral pandemic - which has made them reassess how we work together when we are physically apart. They will create and photograph work, which tell our stories of isolation and present these in the form of both an exhibition and a magazine.