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Arts in Whaingaroa
Arts in Whaingaroa is as follows, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Applied Arts & Cultural Arts.
Although not exhaustive list this is a snapshot to be added to. The arts community is diverse and unique with many musicians, dancers, painters, fashion designers, pottery, Whakairo, event organisers, galleries, fim makers, Kapa Haka, Sculpters, photograghers, theatre, drama , writers, moko artists and tattoists. The Arts in Whaingaroa is thriving and adds value to the community through the creative input of the above mentioned. There is significant community engagement and participation in the arts and arts are highly valued in this community.
Arts purpose – brings wellbeing, voice, uniqueness, social and cultural development. Through the arts we are able to communicate who we are as people and how ‘place’ influences our unique voice.
Arts in the Waikato and Aotearoa
Waikato District Council Creative Communities Fund Definition of the Arts:
Combined Arts: creative activities & events that combine or feature 2 or more art forms ie combines music & visual arts or a festival with performances & workshops.
Object/Craft Arts: Traditional & contemporary practices, ie ceramics, glass, jewellery, pottery, lace making, embroidery, raranga, taniko, tapa making, textiles, tivaevae, typography, weaving, metalwork & whakairo.
Greater Waikato residents hold broadly positive attitudes about the arts. They feel the arts benefit the individual in various ways. They are a source of national pride (71% agree), a chance to learn about different cultures (62%) and a life enhancing experience (37%).
Residents also believe the arts benefit the nation. They contribute positively to the economy (55%), help define who we are as
New Zealanders (53%), and improve New Zealand society (52%).
Recognition of these benefits, help explain why 52% agree the arts should receive public funding vs. 16% who disagree.
Film/Photography: Animation, documentary, experimental, feature, short film, & moving image art projects.
Literature: Activities that relate to the creation, presentation and/or appreciation of all literary genres, ie poetry readings, poetry slams, local storytelling, writers, creative writing workshops, events.
Māori: Creative activities that are regarded as strong expressions of Māori identity ie Arts practice, workshops, Wananga & festivals.
Heritage te reo based artforms, ie whaikorero, haka, karanga, & whatapapa recitation, waiata moteatea, pao, and korero paki
Material Artforms – toi whaikaro, tukutuku, kowhaiwhai, nga mahi a te whare pora, raranga
Contemporary – fusing traditional heritage artforms with other elements & media to create innovative expressions of Māori cultural identity.
Music: Creating music & performing music in all genres, traditional, popular, rock music, instrumental, vocal, choral & orchestral.
Theatre: Includes pantomime, staged productions, traditional, puppetry, circus, mask & other theatre forms.
Dance: forms of dance with arts & cultural focus including cultural, traditional, and contemporary.
Film: Includes animation, documentary, experimental, feature, short film
Visual: Drawing, painting, installation, kowhaiwhai, photography, print making, sculpture, tā moko and typography.
Creative Waikato – ‘support the development of all sectors of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community.’
Creative NZ defines the Arts as ‘visual, craft & object, performance, literature, Māori arts & Pacific Arts.’
What topics were covered and who has been involved so far:
We appreciate all the work of the Focus Group members
Please note: this Snapshot report is a starting point for community-wide input and is not a finished or complete report. Your input will build on this report.
- Venues/Performance Space/Studios
- Arts Groups/Organisations
Who is contributing to this Snapshot
Patti Mitchley – Whaingaroa Youth Movement, Brian and Naomi – ZU Entertainment, Kawharu Greensill, Wanda Barker – visual artist, writer, poet
Partners, organisations, people
Tangata whenua, Town Hall Committee, Raglan Community Arts Council, Coastal Reserves Committee, Soundsplash, WDC, Creative Waikato, Old Arts School, Whaingaroa Youth, Yot Club, Raglan Club, Local schools, Kokiri, Churches
Arts Strengths & Assets
Raglan Town Hall, Raglan Old School Arts Centre, Orca, Matapihi Gallery, Ahoy Studio, Kokiri Centre, Raglan Club, Rockit Gallery and Venue, Yot Club, Wainui Bush Park, Ruapuke Motor Campground, Papahua/Kopua, Wainui Reserve, Scout Hall, Te Mata Hall, Te Uku Hall, Raglan Library, Community House, Iwi/Kokiri Centre
Regular weekly sessions in: ballet, creative dance, nia dance, african dance, drama, choir, pottery, circus arts, music tutoring, painting, craft. School holiday programmes for: pottery, creative crafts, art making. Annual workshop events in photography, film making, hip hop culture,
Whaingaroa Youth Movement (est 2003), Raglan Theatre Academy (est 2008) , Kaumatua Singing Group, Raglan Community Choir, Raglan Community Arts Council (est 1982), Raglan Musicians Club, Circus Aotearoa, Kapa Haka
Raglan Art to Wear, Soundsplash, Word Café Raglan, Whaingaroa Youth Movement, Raglan Theatre Academy, Raglan Arts Weekend, Te Ao Marama, Raglan Film Festival, Mountain Dreaming clay workshops, Youth Week, Masquerade Ball, Film Workshop Event
show when groups/events started, to show they are growing and sustainable and help to build an ‘arts destination’ image for Raglan
More regular performance events and workshops
Future Challenges & Opportunities
Key challenges that are specific to the arts group:
For the key challenges that need to be considered across all focus areas, these are the questions we are asking:
The key challenges: (Please note that there may be areas that are still to be completed.)
Aspirations & Goals Identified by the Focus Groups with supporting projects, strategies and initiatives.
(Please note that there may be areas that are still to be completed.)
|Values behind the goals & aspirations
||Aspirations vision for long term
& Goals measurable, specific, achievable
Different ways goals can be achieved
|Projects & Initiatives
Specific actions, responsibility, funding
with other Focus Areas
|Promote creativity||Art space||Looking at what’s already here ( buildings) or creating new spaces||Black Box Performance Space/Workshops/Wananga/classes
Creative Communities Fund
Creative NZ Fund
Old School Arts Centre/Town Halls/Art Galleries/Open Spaces
|Education, Recreational, Youth, Wellbeing|
|Valid Profession||Performing Arts Academy & Venue||Assessing available venues, creating new spaces. Bold future thinking||Raglan Town Hall/Old School Arts Centre/Community House
A space to accommodate 250+ for staged productions/dance/theatre/kapa haka/music
|Education, Wellbeing, Youth, Tourism|
|Treaty of Waitangi
bringing visibility to culture and tradition
More regular performance events and workshops
|Kōkiri Centre & Stage
||Cultural space for events/wananga/Studio/Kapa Haka/Productions||Wellbeing, Education, Tourism, Youth|
|Purposeful growth of the Arts in Raglan||More creative spaces and places of learning||Support Youth artists/Murals/exhibitions/Productions||Youth, Education, Wellbeing|
|Creatival spatial design||Identity of public spaces, town centre||Engaging with Local Artists on design||Whakairo/Sculptures/Murals/Interactive/Signage||Business, Tourism
|Common Brand||Create an Arts Destination image for Raglan||Gather info on the history of events/groups to show growing and sustainable and help to build the arts destination image.||Design a Raglan logo or brand that is a common theme promoting Raglan||Tourism|
|Promote performing arts and creativity||Community Venue/Outdoor spaces||Wainui Reserve/Town Halls/ – added infrastructure –||Community Venue||Tourism, Natural Environment, Infrastructure|
|Promote creativity||Continue supporting the Old Arts School|
|Promote Arts||Supporting Live ent/Music Industry/Art Industries||Increasing noise levels in the CBD and appropriate zoned areas||Support Artists and Musicians to contribute their skills to the local economy & Arts Industries||Business, LG & Planning|
Questions from the Arts Group
1. What’s missing in our Snapshot?