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RNZB ballet workshops in Arohata Prison
ACCESS TO BALLET: Six one-hour workshops led by the Royal New Zealand Ballet at Arohata Prison culminated in a performance by the participants in this year’s Arohata Inside-Out Christmas Concert in early December. Read more about the benefits 

Open access to high-quality dance

11 January 2018
Footnote audience"We believe that contemporary dance, and art in general, should be seen and absorbed by all New Zealanders, regardless of ability," blogs Footnote New Zealand Dance. "While there are many ways to do this and many conversations to have around this topic, one way that we have been reaching a wider audience is by providing open access performances to community groups during our tours around Aotearoa." Read Footnote New Zealand Dance's blog 

Bringing music into the Corrections community

18 December 2017
CSO musicians in Christchurch Men's Prison"For the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, music and the arts are for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live," writes Cathy Irons, violinist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Project Leader of its Community Engagement Programme. "Through this programme, we’d been taking live music into schools, retirement villages, libraries and community halls, and we wanted to take it even further by bringing it to Corrections facilities. The problem was, we didn’t know where to begin." Read Cathy's blog 

Highlights of Arts in Corrections 2017

18 December 2017
Combined Network meeting in Christchurch"Embedded in all of Arts Access Aotearoa’s work is the belief that access to the arts and creativity is a basic human right of all people, wherever they are and whatever their circumstances," writes Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa. "We also believe the arts can be a powerful tool in helping prisoners develop the skills, motivation and self-confidence they need to take part in rehabilitation programmes and their reintegration back into society on release." Read Richard's blog 

New Zealand Festival's journey to accessibility

11 December 2017
Shelagh Magadza"As part of a wider journey to recognise diversity and uniqueness, the New Zealand Festival has been working towards creating a more accessible festival," blogs Shelagh Magadza, its Artistic Director. "For me, this continues a journey started when I worked at the Perth Festival and became aware of the challenges faced by some members of our audiences." Read Shelagh Magadza's blog

First accessibility virtual tour of venue launched

5 December 2017
Auckland Town HallAuckland Live has launched the first accessibility virtual tour of a New Zealand venue to assist disabled and mobility-impaired concertgoers at the Auckland Town Hall. The online tour on its website is an intuitive vehicle for audiences with accessibility needs to become familiar with the historic venue before stepping inside. Read more

Students create mural for Cannons Creek

16 November 2017
Cannons Creek muralA new mural in Porirua, based on a picture book by Patricia Grace, has been created by local students from Glenview Primary School and Porirua Alternative School. Patricia Grace’s book Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street is set in Cannons Creek. Illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa, the picture book shows a tuna with a magic throat weaving its way along Champion Street delivering gifts to the children.  Read more 

Trish Harris’ poetry navigates hospital life

4 October 2017
Cover (detail) of My wide white bedHospital life from a patient’s perspective is captured in Trish Harris’s first collection of poetry, My wide white bed, to be launched on Saturday 14 October at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua.
The The poems capture the small but significant interactions with hospital staff and other patients from the “moorings” of a “wide white bed” during a prolonged stay in hospital after orthopaedic surgery. Read more about the poetry collection




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