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$25 for 25: Celebrating 25 years, Arts Access Aotearoa Te Putanga Toi ki Aotearoa
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"Disabled people want to share in the beauty of this world and also help create beauty as artists."

 Lisette Wesseling, soprano and braille music teacher

 

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Programmes to support

Every dollar you donate will benefit artists, people and communities throughout New Zealand. Projects needing support include:

Arts For All: increasing access to arts and cultural events for everyone.

“Saskia, who has low vision, loved the audio described performance of Still Life with Chickens. The skills involved in providing this accessible show resulted in Saskia asking when she can go to the next play. She came home and started making chickens out of pipe cleaners. Thanks, Circa Theatre! If you ever need animals made from pipe cleaners for props, you know who to call,” wrote Saskia’s mother after the performance.

1. Arts For All: increasing access to arts and cultural events for everyone

Creative spaces: building the sustainability of community-based creative spaces throughout New Zealand

Kezia Bennett, a wheelchair user and founding member of WIDance in Wellington, says: “In WIDance, it doesn’t matter if you have a disability. The focus is on what you can do, not what you can’t – we often get reminded to adapt other people’s dance moves to fit our own bodies, challenge ourselves, and push our limits/stretch our comfort zone.”

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards: celebrating individuals, groups and organisations that provide access to the arts.

“Sometimes art’s the only way you can express yourself and it helps you think about your life; think about things that you could do differently. See differently. And present yourself in different ways to people,” says one of the students involved in the Humans of Hendo project, presented the Arts Access Community Partnership Award 2018.

Arts in Corrections: using the arts as a tool supporting the rehabilitation and re-integration of prisoners.

“Thank you for showing me how to learn again. Your belief changed my life.'' A prisoner at the Otago Corrections Facility thanked Corrections staff for their support when he won a creative writing competition, set up by the Otago Daily Times, and a selection of books donated by the University Bookshop.

 
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