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Arts therapist Mark GeardARTS THERAPY IN RIMUTAKA PRISON: Arts-based therapy stimulates the imaginative life, often providing a doorway to new ways of thinking, feeling and doing. Wellington arts therapist Mark Geard talks about the impact of his arts therapy practice with the men in Rimutaka Prison. Read more 

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Audio Described Aotearoa goes online

7 May 2020
Nicola OwenRoyal New Zealand Ballet’s announcement in April that it would livestream videos of previous productions, making them available to a global online audience, was seen by Audio Described Aotearoa as an opportunity to include blind patrons in the audience. Read more

“I can show myself in my art”

23 April 2020
GeorgiaPalmerston North’s Georgia Garrett is a triple threat: a dancer, an artist and an actor. She does drama at CJ’s Hub, dancing at Jorjaz, and art with Aroha Lowe. Georgia has been dancing with Jorjaz since she was 16 and dances in the main troupe, along with her friends. Read more 

Community dance fellow to write resource for prisons

21 April 2019
Kristie Mortimer, recipient of the 2020 Caroline Plummer Fellowship administered by Otago University, will research and write a resource on how to teach dance in prisons and in the wider community. Her project includes facilitating weekly dance classes in a prison but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed those plans. She does, however, hope to return to the original plan later in the year. Read more 

Michael Krammer’s dance journey

18 March 2020
"I can be myself. With dance, there is no right and wrong,” says Christchurch dancer Michael Krammer, a founding member of Jolt in Christchurch and an assistant tutor with Arts Integrated since 2014. Michael describes his 19 years with Jolt as “an incredible journey”. He’s performed in most of Jolt’s major shows and performances.  Sometimes I feel nervous but I just pretend there is no audience and then I can dance." Read more

Keeping your Arts in Corrections programme on track

27 February 2020
"It’s the beginning of the year and a great time to think about ways to assess your Arts in Corrections programme and keep it on track," writes Chris Ulutupu, Arts in Corrections Advisor for Arts Access Aotearoa. "Whether you’ve just started on this journey or you’ve been delivering your art programmes in prisons for the past 20 years, I’ve come up with five things that will help ensure your programme is robust, safe and successful." Read more 

Women at the centre of Home Ground creativity programme

27 February 2020
Hands and a thank you A programme designed by and for its participants is using the arts and creativity to address the challenges faced by women in New Zealand’s justice system and their whānau. The success of Kahukura, a two-week pilot project held in June 2019, has resulted in the delivery of the Home Ground programme and three projects – with a fourth due to happen in Wellington later this year. Read more



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COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES: Arts Access Aotearoa's COVID-19 updates page aims to support the people and organisations we work with: in particular, the Deaf and disabled communities, the Creative Spaces Network, the Arts For All Network and the Arts in Corrections Network. Read more

RNZB Live in Your Living RoomAUDIO DESCRIBED HANSEL & GRETEL: Arts Access Aotearoa is pleased to host the free RNZB Live in Your Living Room audio described Hansel & Gretel broadcasts. It will be available this weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, times and links

Robyn Hunt, presented the Arts Access Accolade 2019 by Karen Webster, Chair, Arts Access AotearoaCONGRATULATIONS, ROBYN: Arts Access Accolade 2019 recipient Robyn Hunt has been appointed to the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa (the board of Creative New Zealand). Robyn brings a strong disability issues perspective to Creative New Zealand. For more

AUTISM STEREOTYPES: Wellington writer L.J. Ritchie has been frustrated at the portrayal of autistic characters in books since he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2002. 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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