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Photo Kevin Stent/StuffCREATIVE SPACE CHALLENGES: “Part of the human psyche is more healthy and well when we’re connected with other people. For creative spaces like Vincents, making artwork comes from a deep part of yourself.” Read Andre Chumko’s Stuff article Creative spaces, desperate to expand, are on the brink of collapse

Jeremy MayallART A RECOVERY TOOL: Waikato could lead the country’s Covid-19 recovery, using art as a first responder. That’s the hope of Creative Waikato’s chief executive Jeremy Mayall who is presenting to all Waikato councils, asking them to factor art into district and city recovery plans. Read more 

ARTS AND HEALTH: Check out Antoinette Spicer's five-part podcast series on art initiatives and programmes that improve New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Read more 

THIS IS ART / HE MAHI TOI TĒNEI: The ‘This is Art / He mahi toi tēnei’ tee is proudly created in collaboration by NopeSisters and Silo Theatre, to help increase the visibility and value of our arts and our artists in Aotearoa. 25% of the profits of every shirt will be donated to Arts Access Aotearoa! Get yours at the NopeSisters online store:  NopeSisters Store - This is Art / He mahi toi tēnei

AUTISM STEREOTYPES: Wellington writer L.J. Ritchie has been frustrated at the portrayal of autistic characters in books since he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2002. Read more

ONE TO WATCH: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

Bronwyn Haines and Henrietta Bollinger outside ParliamentVALUE OF CREATIVE SPACES: A report presenting key findings from a survey of creative spaces aims to provide key decision-makers and agencies with more information about the sector. Read the report 


CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2016 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops.

 
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