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Collage of images from Arts Access Aotearoa's AGMOUR STORY IN 2018: Arts Access Aotearoa presented its 2018 achievements to guests at its annual general meeting on Friday 17 May. Chair Karen Webster spoke about the year’s highlights and thanked Arts Access Aotearoa’s funders, sponsors, friends and supporters. Read more

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Otago Museum wins Arts Access Museums Award 2019

23 May 2019
Award recpientsOtago Museum was presented the Arts Access Museums Award 2019 for its collaboration with the local autistic community at the ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards 2019 at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on Wednesday 22 May. Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, presented the award for a collaboration that resulted in an exhibition of works by 28 autistic artists from Dunedin and around the country. Read more

Volunteers build community connections

30 April 2019
volunteer co-ordinatorsKnitting is a new creative activity introduced to the Otago Corrections Facility by Moana Wahanui, the Facility’s first Volunteer Co-ordinator. “The guys love it and it reminds them of their grandmothers knitting. It’s a therapeutic group activity and a way for them to give back to the community.” Read more 

Minister to launch national arts and health network

1 April 2019
hui participantsThe arts and creativity contribute to wellbeing in everyday life. They are also increasingly valued as a cost-effective way to nurture healthy, resilient communities, says Te Ora Auaha, a national network to be launched in Wellington on Wednesday 3 April by Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister of Social Development and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Te Ora Auaha is made up of individuals, groups and organisatins across the arts, health, youth, social and education sectors. Read more









Arts Access Advocates



Rachel CoppageVALUING NZSL: "Last week’s New Zealand Sign Language Week is a sophisticated and strategic example of profile and advocacy," writes Richard Benge in his latest blog. Read more

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Men in Hawkes Bay Regional Prison sit around the table painting, talking and listening. Sitting with them is artist and education tutor Nic Scotland, who says she constantly witnesses the improvement in their personal development and communication. Read more

DISABILITY AND WRITING: Crip the Lit was formed in 2016 by Trish Harris and Robyn Hunt as a way for Deaf and disabled writers to have its unique voices, perspectives and stories included and valued in mainstream writing in New Zealand. In its new book, Here we are, read us, eight women writers with lived experience of disability, share their insights and experience. Read more 

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 206 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops. Watch the video and read more


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