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Directory of young people and the arts 

All around New Zealand in our diverse communities, talented and creative young people are involved in the arts across a wide range of artforms: for example, music, dance, writing, filmmaking, performance, theatre. This directory lists some creative spaces, programmes and projects where they can make art in a collaborative, supportive community. Please email Arts Access Aotearoa if you would like to included in this directory. 


Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre

Two pianists smilingThe only not-for-profit music therapy centre in New Zealand, 85% of its clients are children or young adults. It has centres in Northland, Auckland and Hawke’s Bay. Its team of music therapists provide individual, pair and group music therapy to a range of clients with special needs including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and Angelman syndrome. It also has outreach music therapy programmes in schools and community centres, as well as parent and caregiver support.
Visit the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre website

The Social Distancing Children’s Art Project

An artwork (detail) by Lucy Edwards, 10, Ashburton, chosen for front cover This art project is for children and young people of all ages. They can start today and work on it in the weeks ahead. It is curated by Corina Hazlett Artist Studio. The idea of this project is to document and capture through children's artworks what it has been like to have been a part of the global response to COVID-19 and in particular life here in New Zealand. At the end of the project, Corina will publish a book of these artworks. Deadline for submissions is Sunday 28 June 2020.
Visit the Corina Hazlett Design website

Youth Arts New ZealandYouth Arts New Zealand

Youth Arts New Zealand initiates creative projects with young people from all over New Zealand, and connects young artists and the resources and networks they need to help them achieve whatever creative ambitions and potential they have. Their programmes include music, drama and art.
Visit the Youth Arts New Zealand website


Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa works alongside young people between the ages of 12 to 24 years across various satellite hubs in the Auckland region, providing an environment where young people can express themselves creatively and are supported to overcome barriers to success. It delivers mentoring programmes in music, film and photography where young people get to engage directly and connect with people working in the creative industries.
For more information, visit Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa's website

Kākano Youth Arts Collective

Kakano Youth Arts Collective

Based at Corban Estate Arts Centre and led by Mandy Patmore, Kākano Youth Arts Collective is a group of artistically talented West Auckland youth. Established in 2013, Kākano consists of young people typically between the ages of 12 to 20 years old, who have an opportunity to develop a varied set of visual arts skills in a safe and supportive environment.
For more information, visit the Kākano Youth Arts Collective website


MixitMixit gives young people positive skills and experiences to enrich their lives. It helps increase confidence, self-expression and communication skills. It’s a multicultural platform where young people with refugee backgrounds mix it up with local and migrant youth. It offers a range of performing arts based creative disciplines, including dance, drama, music and aerial circus.
For more info, visit the Mixit website

Nga Rangatahi Toa 

Nga Rangatahi Toa uses education and creativity to help teenagers who have had a negative experience with mainstream education. Nga Rangatahi Toa works with them and their families to help them achieve their dreams. Their activities include art and theatre programmes.
For more information, visit the Nga Rangatahi Toa website


PHABEstablished more than 40 years ago, PHAB is an inclusive organisation based in Takapuna, Auckland. It promotes self-reliance that enhances social opportunities for people with disabilities and supports its members to design meaningful lives for themselves. Among its range of activities are music workshops, dance, art-making and cultural experiences. PHAB Pasifika includes Phusion 2.0, a cultural dance and performance group.
For more information, visit the PHAB website

Ranui 135

Ranui 135 is a trust based in Ranui, West Auckland. It is a community-led initiative that offers individual and group mentoring, youth work on the streets of West Auckland, assistance to help get young people into employment, sports, camps, and events. 
For more information, visit the Ranui 135 website

Te Karanga Trust

Te Karanga Charitable Trust works in an educational capacity in the areas of youth mentoring to support and develop community-based projects. The trust has been facilitating youth development programmes since 2006. Working with youth at risk and young adults, it facilitates programmes in a range of mediums such as discussion groups, vocational education, one on one and group mentoring, public speaking, broadcasting, multimedia, music, arts, theatre and film.
For more information, visit the Te Karanga Trust website

The Corner: Creative SpaceThe Corner: Creative Space

The Corner: Creative Space is a youth-led community art space with a focus on arts access, development and education. It provides a safe and inclusive environment for young people and the community to socialise, study or develop their artform. It  also runs regular events, activations and creative workshops in the space and around Papakura. Young people and community groups are encouraged to utilise the facility and wide range of resources for hui, rehearsals, workshops and events. 
For more information, visit The Corner: Creative Space website

The Creative Souls Project

The Creative Souls Project uses music, art, and performing arts to develop social, emotional and communication skills in children and young people. It is based in Avondale, Auckland, and works to make the arts accessible and affordable.
For more information, visit The Creative Souls Project website

The 312 Hub

The 312 Hub

The 312 Hub is a social enterprise, youth-led hub designed to lead arts education, arts activations and mural arts as a part of a 25-year commitment to transform Onehunga. With a youth-curated gallery and community-led creative studio, it creates impact through creative hustle to motivate, inspire and to ensure youth voices are heard and youth faces are seen at the table where decisions are made.
For more information, visit The 312 Hub website


Mouthfull Productions

Mouthfull Productions is a creative media collective based in Wellington, New Zealand. They use events, publications, radio, articles, visual art, music, and film to entertain, uplift, shift perspectives and connect people. Mouthfull uses a collaborative and creative approach aiming to broaden the horizons of the ever-changing media landscape.
For more information, visit the Mouthfull Productions website



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