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The photos: Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2021 
Three images of Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2021 Photos: Elias Rodriguez,

WARM CONGRATULATIONS: Wow, what an evening of celebration, achievement and inclusion at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2021, held on Monday 5 July at Te Papa Tongarewa.  Read stories about the recipients and download the photos by Elias Rodriguez,

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Photos capture some award highlights

20 July 2001
Jacob Dombroski and Richard BengeTe Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards at Te Papa Tongarewa is the annual celebration of artists, venues, producers, staff and volunteers who are committed to improving access to the arts for everyone in Aotearoa. I’ve chosen these photos to convey how access, inclusion and participation in the arts convey the vision of Arts Access Aotearoa,” writes Richard Benge, Executive Director, in his latest blog.

Maisie Chilton and the art of painting

19 July 2001
Maisie ChiltonWellington artist and poet Maisie Chilton knows all about how important her artistic practice is for her mental health. She has post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a traumatic experience when she was 15 and has struggled to communicate what she was going through. Read Maisie Chilton’s profile

Creative spaces respond to Government’s funding initiative

2 June 2021
Benedict Reid and Hannah DahlkeThe response from creative spaces throughout New Zealand to the Government’s $18 million fund for creative spaces has been “overwhelmingly positive”, says Hannah Dahlke, one of two funding advisors at Arts Access Aotearoa. “Until now, there’s never been targeted funding for the creative space sector and I think they are feeling more valued for the amazing work they do in their communities.” Read more

Circability hosts first Youth Circus Festival

29 April 2021
Youth Circus Festival logoAuckland creative space Circability will host Aotearoa’s first Youth Circus Festival in early May and hopes it will become an annual event. The festival is aimed at young people aged 12 to 24 years and will be held during Youth Week 2021, which runs from 8 to 16 May. It will be held at Corban Estate Arts Centre and Te Pou Theatre in Henderson from 7 to 9 May. Read more about the Youth Circus Festival

Arts and self-worth powerful tools for recovery

28 April 2021
Bonnie Schwarz playing the cello"Studying drama at The University of Manchester in the UK felt a bit meaningless to me until I did a practical training course about working in prisons and spent time with people for whom Theatre in Prisons and Probation Services (TiPP) had played a significant role in their recovery journeys," writes UK musician Bonnie Schwarz currently in New Zealand. Read Bonnie's blog





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