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Watch Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2020

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS: Arts Access Aotearoa is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Thank you all all the fantastic people who share their memories and comments about the work that Arts Access Aotearoa does to help ensure everyone in New Zealand can access and participate in the arts. Also a big thanks to Flightdec and Lize Immelman for making this happen. You can also read the messages 


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Awards 2020 celebrate diversity and the arts

An award-winning performing artist, arts projects and creative spaces nurturing mental health and wellbeing, a pioneer of accessibility in children’s theatre, and leadership in delivering arts programmes in prisons were celebrated at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2020, presented online for the first time by Arts Access Aotearoa on Tuesday 13 October. Read more

Hedy Ankers recreates stories in clay

8 October 2020
Hedy Ankers with the five award trophiesRobert Rapson, the previous trophy-maker, died earlier this year. Hedy Ankers knew Robert and had occasionally helped him load his trophies into the kiln. She was “thrilled” when Arts Access Aotearoa asked her to create individual trophies for five of Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards recipients. Read more

Crescendo programmes under the one roof

6 October 2020
Crescendo, a creative space for rangatahi, has finally found a permanent home in Avondale, Auckland.  Until September, Crescendo (formerly Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa) has been working out of Corbans Estate and various community centres in Tamaki, East Auckland. Read more 

Shot Bro and saving lives

26 August 2020
Rob Mokaraka outside Invercargill Prison“I think of myself as an essential life-saving service but that's an unofficial statement,” Rob Mokaraka says in an email when he’s told that his solo show Shot Bro, due to be performed to men at Rimutaka Prison in two days’ time, has had to be postponed because of COVID-19. Described as “a healing true story about a very real fight with a bullet and depression,” Shot Bro was first performed at Rimutaka Prison back in 2016. Read Rob's story 

Unlocking potential through the arts

26 August 2020
Leonie Abe, Hawkes Bay Regional PrisonUntil eight years ago, Leonie Aben, acting Prison Director of Hawkes Bay Regional Prison, saw arts programmes in prisons as more of an optional extra, a good way of keeping prisoners occupied rather than an integral part of building self-esteem, motivation and a sense of cultural identity. “I always liked the arts but I didn’t see it as I do now, as part of the rehabilitation process,” she says. Read more 



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$25 for 25 years logo25th ANNIVERSARY APPEAL: Amazing! It’s 25 years since Arts Access Aotearoa began its work to ensure all people in New Zealand have access to the arts. Please help us do more by donating to our 25th Anniversary Appeal

ARTS AND HEALTH: Check out Antoinette Spicer's five-part podcast series on art initiatives and programmes that improve New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Read more 

ONE TO WATCH: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

Bronwyn Haines and Henrietta Bollinger outside ParliamentVALUE OF CREATIVE SPACES: A report presenting key findings from a survey of creative spaces aims to provide key decision-makers and agencies with more information about the sector. Read the report 

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2016 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops.

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