INCREASING ACCESS TO THE ARTS: Arts Access Aotearoa works in partnership with others so that all people in New Zealand can participate in the arts as creators, audience members, readers, gallery and museum visitors.
About Arts Access Aotearoa
Arts Access Aotearoa | Putanga Toi ki Aotearoa is a leadership organisation, providing an advisory and advocacy service to people and organisations throughout New Zealand.
Our main aim is to increase access to the arts for people who experience barriers to participation as creators, audience members, readers, gallery and museum visitors. We do this by working with people and organisations in the disability, mental health and Deaf communities. We also work with the professional arts sector to improve their access to Deaf and disabled audiences.
We are the key organisation in New Zealand advising the Department of Corrections on its arts programmes and advocating for the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitative process of prisoners.
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All people in New Zealand are able to participate in the arts.
Arts Access Aotearoa advocates for all people in New Zealand to have access to the arts by supporting people who experience barriers to participation or whose access is limited.
Arts Access Aotearoa provides its service believing in these values:
- Accessibility and inclusion in the arts, respect and kindness in our undertakings for and with all people
- Arts Access Aotearoa recognises the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to our kaupapa, with due regard for its articles and principles.
This recognition is reflected in the following values that will underpin our work:
- Mōhiotanga - seeking understanding and awareness
- Rangatiratanga – respecting the mana of others
- Whanaungatanga – appreciating the value of relationships and partnerships
- Kotahitanga – working in harmony to achieve common purpose and shared vision
- Kaitiakitanga – service to others and nurturing leadership within others.
Arts Access Aotearoa works in partnership with individuals and organisations to achieve its objectives. We acknowledge and value the support of all our partners and supporters. If you would like to support our work, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us (E:firstname.lastname@example.org T: 04 80a'2 4349).
Staff and trustees
Arts Access Aotearoa is governed by a board of trustees. Richard Benge is the Executive Director.
Read about our staff and trustees.
We welcome your interest in our work. Please contact us for more information.
If you want to find out about Arts Access Aotearoa's activities or how we may be able to work with you, our FAQs may answer your questions. If you have any queries, please send us your question.