What we do
At Arts Access Aotearoa, all of the activities and events are undertaken through five programmes.
- Access, Inclusion and Participation
- Community Engagement
- Advocacy and Profile
- Information Centre
- Prison Arts
Access, Inclusion and Participation
This programme is about supporting artists, arts organisations, companies, producers and venues to be accessible. It includes the Arts For All partnership programme with Creative New Zealand and the Companion Card initiative.
This programme is about building the capacity of community-based arts organisations to deliver high-quality arts programmes for people with limited access. The key organisations we work with are creative spaces and other community organisations throughout New Zealand providing opportunities for people with limited access to participate in the arts.
Advocacy and Profile
This programme is about raising public awareness and advocating for access to the arts for everyone in New Zealand. We do this by profiling, celebrating and advocating for the individuals, organisations and communities with whom we work. We also advocate to local and central government about the value of the arts in building strong communities and enhancing people's health and wellbeing.
Every year, we present the Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards in Parliament. These national awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations providing opportunities for people with limited access to participate in the arts, as artists, performers and audience members.
This programme is about providing a national information service on access to and participation in the arts. This includes advice on best practice, research, resources and opportunities.
Arts in Corrections
This programme is about working with the Department of Corrections through our Arts in Corrections Advisory Service, and delivering information about arts activities and programmes that support the rehabilitation of prisoners and their reintegration into the community on release.