Council gives $65,000 to community groups

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington City Council has been busy allocating grants for organisations and community groups all over the capital – supporting initiatives to encourage creativity, develop cultural projects, and celebrate diversity and innovation.

The Creative Communities Funding Scheme has recently allocated over $65,000 to 29 projects, and the Committee’s Chair, Mayor Justin Lester, says it reflects the range of arts available in Wellington.

“This round’s group of recipients represent a great variety of art forms, which all contribute to the creative make-up of arts and culture in Wellington,” says the Mayor.

“Our reputation as the capital of culture, and a creative hub and destination, benefits both residents and visitors alike. These funded projects will give young and emerging artists the chance to try new things out, and showcase the capital now – and in the future.”

The Creative Communities Funding Scheme is a partnership between councils and Creative New Zealand. One of this round’s recipients is StarJam’s programme for children and young people with disabilities in Wellington.

“Support of StarJam’s programmes is an investment in our youth and their ‘potential’ and ensuring the performing arts are more accessible to young people with disabilities who might not otherwise get to participate,” says StarJam CEO Mary Ansell.

“We feel honoured and proud to share milestones with our special young people and celebrate their successes along the way, and are delighted that Wellington City Council’s Creative Communities funding committee believes in our vision and mission.”

The Tawa Community Board Grants subcommittee also approved funding for projects in the area.

Margaret Lucas, Chair of the Tawa Community Board Grants subcommittee, says these annual grants will go a long way to providing financial support to a number of community initiatives in Tawa.

“Our focus this year was in assisting local groups in making a difference for children, young people and whanau – developing resilience in our community.”

The recipients of the two grant allocations are as follows:

Creative Communities Funding Scheme
Applicant name Support for Amount granted
Asian Events Trust Enter the Dragon – upskilling Wellington youth in the traditional Chinese art of dragon dancing, contribution to artist fees and venue hire. $2,730
Christine Richardson Sing for MS 2017, a community sing-along for people with Multiple Sclerosis and their support community on World MS Day 2017 $886.25
Connected Media Charitable Trust The Outlook for Someday Free One-day Film-making Workshop in Wellington $2,912
Crows Feet Dance Collective C is for Climate Change, a dance project that explores the impact of climate change on our local communities, our nation and the southern hemisphere $1,200
Devon Nuku The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus, new adaption of the original play set in 1920’s era, presented at BATS $2,500
Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board Big Break, a two day series of workshops bringing young people with intellectual disabilities together with emerging artists from the Wellington theatre / inter-arts community $3,000
Kahurangi Friends Inc Strathmore Park Summer Events 2018, two family-friendly free events. $2,500
Kathleen Winter Minimum, a short-form experimental documentary, focusing on the stories of three women working minimum wage jobs in Aotearoa $4,000
Make Music Aotearoa Ltd Young Music Workshop, making music education in contemporary hip hop accessible to young people; includes DJ-ing, turntables and MC-ing. $2,000
Multicultural Council Wellington Inc Race Relations Day, creating collaboration amongst wider ethnic communities in Wellington $1,000
New Zealand Deaf Film Inc New Zealand Deaf Film Festival and short film competition 2017, contribution towards co-ordination. $4,000
New Zealand Improvisation Trust New Zealand Improv Festival 2017 $3,000
Ngaio Kohanga Reo Trust Creating a waharoa (entrance) for Te Kohanga Reo o Ngaio, carving and painted mural. $2,200
Nota Bene Kindred Spirits, a choral concert tribute to Jack Body and Benjamin Britten $1,431
Odd Socks Productions Film premiere of ‘Tama’ made in colaborration with deaf and hearing filmmakers in Wellington, Tama is about a young Maori deaf boy who wants to perform the Haka $1,000
Old Hall Gigs Old Hall Gigs, concerts at various venues in Wellington creating opportunities for 20 local artists and performers. $2,500
Pablos Art Studios Incorporated Series of art workshops for 120 Pablos artists and an exhibition $2,395
Rachel Silver Picking Up The Pieces – a series mosaic making workshops involving the local community using broken ceramics crockery damaged in the November 2016 Earthquake $3,000
StarJam Charitable Trust StarJam Wellington CoolJam Workshops: Making Stars! Dance and guitar workshops open and available to all young people with a disability. $4,000
Stroma New Music Trust Tatai Whetū – Taonga Pūoro workshop (traditional Māori musical instruments) $2,500
Susan (Jiaxin) Zou Photo Exhibition and Seminar – showcasing Japanese Immigrants’ Experiences in New Zealand $1,000
Te Whare Rokiroki (Maori Women’s Refuge) WAI: Women’s Arts Initiative: One Million Stars to End Violence Project $1,928.75
The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Nga Taonga Whitiahua Me Nga Taonga Korero Siapo Cinema 2017, week-long festival of film and moving image works about Pasifika people and their cultures, contribution towards expenses for; an evening with Kava Club; an evening with Chop Suey Hui; and an education programme. $3,000
The Zimbelstern Foundation Pipe-organ concert, promoting organ music $700
Tu Tangata Komiti Wellington Tu Tangata Wellington Secondary Schools PolyFest 2017 Drumming Workshops $1,700
Vincents’ Art Workshop Inc Production of Annual Group Exhibition $3,000
Wellington Durgotsav Committee Durgapuja Festival 2017, cultural festival of Bengali people $2,000
Wellington Irish Dance Trust Board Capital City Feis (Wellington Irish Dance Festival) $1,725
Zeal Education Trust Releasing the creative potential of Wellington’s young people, workshops for young people exploring a range of art forms. $2,510
Total: $66,318
Tawa Community Board Grants Subcommittee
Organisation name Support for Amount granted
Hampton Hill School Contribution to new sun shade for sandpit in play area $750
He Whanau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association Incorporated Contribution to Brian Webb Kindergarten wet play equipment $500
Kiwi Community Assistance Charitable Trust Food safety equipment to support safe distribution of donated food $521
Linden Primary School Contribution to the new Linden School Fit Trail $1,074
Sri Lanka Association of New Zealand (SLANZ) Inc. Community arts project providing training in traditional folk music and arts $500
Supergrans Charitable Trust Support for Supergrans volunteer work with Tawa families $1,415
Tawa Central Kindergarten – He Whaau Manaaki O Tararua Free Kindergarten Assoc Inc Contribution to camera/s for use by staff and children $200
Tawa College Health, wellbeing and mental health seminars organised by parent community $940
Tawa Community Light Party Contribution to popular annual light party event $850
Tawa Community Patrol Charitable Trust Operating expenses for patrol car $1,250
Tawa Historical Society Incorporated Tawa Memorial plaques $2,000
Tawa Progressive & Ratepayers Association Inc. Spring into Tawa 2017 annual event $1,000
Tawa Rugby Football Club Contribution to training for volunteer coaches $500
Tawa School Contribution to cost of chairs for community and school use $500
Tawa Youth and Families Trust Board Support for 24-7 youth workers based at Tawa College $2,000
The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society Inc. Parent education courses and support in Tawa $1,000
Total: $15,000

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