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       A collage of images of music therapists and clients at Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre
EXPRESSION THROUGH MUSIC: Singer and songwriter Hinewehi Mohi established Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in 2004 and named it after her daughter Hineraukatauri, who has cerebral palsy. Hineraukatauri and thousands of other New Zealanders have found a way to express themselves through music therapy. For more info 

About creative spaces

Creative spaces are organisations and places where people who experience barriers to participation can make art, or participate in artistic activities such as theatre, dance, circus, music, film and creative writing. Barriers to participation include intellectual or physical disability, neurological conditions, mental ill health, age-related vulnerability (elderly or youth at risk), cultural isolation or poverty. Creative Spaces organisations provide space, resources and assistance in ways that will lead to self-expression, empowerment and self-development through making art or participating in artistic activities.  There are many creative spaces communities throughout New Zealand. Some encourage an informal, drop-in approach while others prefer a structured approach, with programmes and workshops in writing, visual and performing arts.

Read more about the history of creative spaces

Creative spaces are dynamic places, using a range of approaches to achieve similar outcomes.

Read more about these approaches

Read "Small voices tell profound truths" by Sylvie Bolstad, founder of Artmakers in Hamilton

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News, events, opportunities and tips

Arts Access Aotearoa can help you promote your creative space and reach a larger audience. We write news stories and post these on the website and, sometimes, on The Big Idea, Creative New Zealand, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and Scoop websites. We also promote these stories on social media. Please email Iona with your newsworthy stories and artists. Also let us know if you want to be listed in the creative spaces directory and have any useful tips, resources, opportunities and events to share. 

You can post your accessible arts events on the Arts Access Aotearoa events calendar and we will broadcast it to other relevant what's on sites.

 

 
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