Awards recognise Arts in Corrections leaders
The Arts Access Awards 2018 will be celebrated in Parliament and hosted by Minister for Disability Issues Hon Carmel Sepuloni on Wednesday 1 August. Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa, says the Arts Access Awards play an important role in profiling excellence and leadership in the arts and disability sectors. They also highlight leaders in the use of the arts as a tool supporting the rehabilitative process of prisoners and their reintegration back into society on release.
"We've completed the judging process and are looking forward to announcing the recipients at the awards ceremony," Richard says.
Along with the seven awards, the Arts Access Accolade is presented by Accolade patron Dame Rose Horton. This Accolade is decided by Arts Access Aotearoa staff and board and is presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to the organisation.
The two Arts in Corrections awards are:
- Arts Access Corrections Māui Tikitiki a Taranga Award, recognising an individual who demonstrates the qualities of Māui – innovation, creativity and leadership – in providing cultural inclusion and diversity through the arts within a New Zealand prison that provides and encourages a pathway into rehabilitation
- Arts Access Corrections Whai Tikanga Award, recognising the outstanding contribution of a community group, organisation, Māori Focus Unit or individual working with the Department of Corrections in a prison or community setting, and using the arts as an integral part of a tikanga programme to encourage a strong cultural identity and support pro-social living.