News | 14 April 2016
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Council partners with Creative New Zealand to support local community arts

Twice a year Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand come together to support local arts activities through the Creative Communities Scheme. In this funding round the scheme supported 26 community arts projects.

A group of people in an art gallery.
This West Auckland Youth photography project will be replicated in Strathmore

The Wellington Youth Orchestra (WYO) received funding for their up and coming concert at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Hill Street, 10 May. The WYO was established in 1959 to provide symphonic experience for young players under 25 including secondary school students. For this performance, the 50 member orchestra will be conducted by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist, Andrew Joyce.

MS doesn’t stop me Singing will be held in the Mezzanine Room in Wellington Central Library on Wednesday, 25 May. People with Multiple Sclerosis, their families, friends and carers along with members of local community choirs will celebrate World MS Day with song.

Strathmore youth will get the chance to learn photography and journalism skills through funding ZEAL Education has received for Strathmore Portraits project. Young people will take portraits and quotes from members of their community to highlight the diversity of the suburb. The project will culminate in an exhibition in Strathmore late 2016.

February 2016 grants

Organisation Support for  Amount granted 
Aro Valley Community Council Inc Mural Bunker Project to commission an artist to paint a permanent mural on the bunker at the Aro Valley community centre.
Chetan Ranchhod
HYDE - an original stage adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde
Christine Richardson
Sing for MS 2016, a community sing-along for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and their support community to celebrate World MS Day 2016
Community Music Junction LTD
To run ten weeks of ‘Drumming up Support’ sessions including activities such as rhythm games, learning and practicing drumming skills.
Connected Media Charitable Trust
The Outlook for Someday Free One-day Film-making Workshop in Wellington
DANSS 2008 Inc
DANSS Same Sex Dance Competition 2016
WEiRdO -  original musical theatre show during the Kia Mau Festival running through Matariki 2016. The allocation is a contribution towards Promotion expenses.
He Whanau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten association Incorporated
Place based mural involving the community - Tūranga waewae tātou, ko wai tātou 
IHC New Zealand Incorporated
Circus Performing Skills Workshops for people with learning disabilities.
Kahurangi Friends Inc
Strathmore Park Summer Events 2017 to produce two family-friendly free events at the Kahurangi School Amphitheatre
Lokal Stories
Lokal Stories, displaying art work using projections onto vacant shop windows throughout the city at night
MIA Mujeres In Aotearoa Incorporated
Danza MIA - workshops, rehearsals & performances to enable Latin American women to learn and perform traditional Latin American dances
Tapes a mixed-media site specific performance in central Wellington
New Zealand Improvisation Trust
New Zealand Improv Festival 2016 a five-day, not-for-profit improvisational festival
Old Hall Gigs
Old Hall Gigs - a series of multi-artform gigs in 'unusual' venues in Wellington.
Pablos Art Studios Incorporated
Block Course of 10 workshops focusing on exploring colour and Exhibition
Rob Whelan
Robs Open Mic Lounge  a safe and comfortable environment for the Wellington musical community to come and perform in with a focus on female artists.
The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Nga Taonga Whitiahua Me Nga Taonga Korero
Siapo Cinema 2016, a week-long festival showcasing moving images about, for and by Pasifika peoples.
The Sound and Light Exploration Society
Pyramid Club Improvised Music Series, a series of community-based performances of improvised music.
Upstream - Friends of Central Park
Upstream Art Trail Schools Project, giving local school children the opportunity to work together to plan and develop their own art work to be shown in Central Park in March 2017
Vincents' Art Workshop Inc
Production of the Vincents Annual Group Exhibition 2016
Wellington Durgotsav Committee
Durgapuja Festival 2016 - cultural festival of Bengali people.  The allocation is a contribution towards the venue hire and lighting expenses
Wellington Filipino Sports Organization Inc.
Philippine Festival in Wellington 2016 (Pistang Pilipino 2016 sa Wellington). The allocation is a contribution towards the Cultural Events expenses
Wellington Musical Electronics Library
A series of five ‘UPSKILL’ workshops, aimed at giving beginners an introduction to making musical electronics.
Wellington Youth Orchestras Inc
Wellington Youth Orchestra Community Concert - providing orchestral training for young people leading to a public concert on 10 May 2016
Zeal Education Trust
Strathmore Portraits Project - engaging young people and teaching them photography and some basic journalism techniques with an exhibition.
Total $64,947

The Creative Communities NZ Wellington Local Funding Scheme is a partnership between Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand. Every year Creative New Zealand provides money to councils to support local arts activities.

The next Creative Communities funding round for Wellington will close at the end of August. Anyone with an idea for a community arts project should contact the Council's Funding team.

More information

Funding team