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Artists from C.S. Art working on their art in the Invercargill creative space
A WARM WELCOME: Arts Access Aotearoa enjoyed a recent visit to CS Art, a creative space in Invercargill co-founded by artist Michelle Dawson in 2004.
Read more about C.S. Art 

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Creative writing empowers rangatahi 

17 December 2020
Zak DeveyA conversation between 21-year-old Zak Devey and the Howard League has sparked a creative writing programme for rangatahi in Auckland’s Mt Eden Corrections Facility, facilitated by three young writers volunteering their time and knowledge. After a year of volunteering, Youth Arts New Zealand received a grant from Creative New Zealand in October supporting its creative writing programme. Read more 

Lusi Faiva, award-winning dancer

Lusi Favia10 December 2020
Auckland dancer and Touch Compass member Lusi Faiva has been busy receiving awards recently. This year she won the Pacific Toa Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards 2020, along with Pelenakeke Brown, and the Spirit of Attitude Award at the recent Attitude Awards. Read more

Strategic vision for Auckland’s creative spaces

19 November 2020
"Working with our sectors to provide the strategic vision and future pathways to strengthen accessible and inclusive arts is an essential part of Arts Access Aotearoa’s work," blogs Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa. "Without evidence we would find it impossible to advocate effectively for improved funding and support for a sector that delivers accessible and inclusive arts for wellbeing and creative expression." Read Richard's blog

Awards 2020 celebrate diversity and the arts

14 October 2020
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



Being me: Maisie: Wellington artist Maisie Chilton talks about her life, the power of art to heal and her career. Watch this Attitude video.

Queen of CubaDupa:
Lusi Faiva talks about dance and her Samoan culture in this video from Attitude. You can also read more about Lusi.

Kezia Bennett
Benefits of Arts in Corrections:
Read Arts Access Aotearoa's literature review of arts programmes in criminal justice settings, internationally and in New Zealand 

One to watch
: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

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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