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Every year, the Creative Communities Scheme supports more than 2500 community arts projects throughout New Zealand with $3.1 million of Creative New Zealand’s funding.
A festival showcasing the work of Deaf filmmakers, a cultural experience for intellectually disabled adults on a local marae and an art programme for disabled young people are among the projects that have been supported with funding though the Creative Communities Scheme.
The Unique Agency, New Zealand’s first talent agency representing people with disability and uniqueness, already has more than 60 people on its books after opening just a few months ago.
Pippa Sanderson’s experience of volunteering at Volunteer Wellington inspired her to set up a volunteering programme at Arts Access Aotearoa when she joined the staff in early 2011 as its Community Development Advisor.
"Artists and their work are an integral part of our communities and access radio is a great way for people to hear about their projects," says Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa.
Auckland scriptwriter Chantal Rayner-Burt, legally blind since birth, has had a passion for film for as long as she can remember. Now 30, she has written and co-written scripts for several films - one of which has been selected to screen as part of the short film section at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012.
An Arts Access Aotearoa/Creative New Zealand partnership programme, encouraging arts organisations, venues and producers to improve their access to disabled audiences, is gathering momentum as it moves beyond Wellington.
Stew Sexton, Accessibility Advisor at Arts Access Aotearoa, recently found himself high above the stage at the new Q Theatre in Auckland, its lighting rigging accessible and spacious enough to accommodate his wheelchair.
Wairarapa artist and art tutor Harry Watson can't remember a time in his life when he wasn't working at his art.
Fortune favours the bold. It's a view that underpins the creative life of Sarah Houbolt - Auckland performing artist, community arts worker and social researcher.