Creative Communities grants awarded with COVID-19 in mind

Kāpiti Arts - 100 Days a Journey has opened at Mahara Gallery. Pictured are John Cornish, Janet Bayly, and Kate Hartmann, photo by Kevin Ramshaw

Seventeen Kāpiti arts projects have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.

The Kāpiti Coast District Council has awarded $23,000 to a diverse range of arts initiatives, including children’s theatre projects, music performances, art and writing workshops, photography exhibitions and a mural project.

Chair of Creative Communities Grants Allocation Subcommittee Jackie Elliott says the funding recipients will play an important part in the Kāpiti district’s COVID-19 recovery and in capturing local experiences.

‘Artistic expression plays a vital role in helping individuals and communities understand the world around us, and in this uncertain time we all need a bit of help processing 2020,’ Cr Elliott says.

‘In selecting the projects funded this round, the committee considered how they would support our community in the recovery from lockdown and as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 climate.

‘We’re excited by these projects. Some are immersive, some are participatory, some will leave long-term visual legacies and some will entertain and delight.’

Several projects are aimed at young people or getting people involved.

‘Recent surveys showed nearly a third of all Kiwis felt badly distressed in our COVID lockdown, with young people particularly impacted.

‘Programmes like the music performance workshops being run by Starjam or the Te Ara Korowai art workshops will provide an outlet and an opportunity for self-expression.’

There were 26 funding applications this round. Another funding round will open in 2021.

The Creative Communities Scheme is funded by Creative New Zealand and Council to support and increase participation in local arts and culture at a grassroots level. Funds are distributed locally twice a year.

The funding recipients were:

Grant recipient and Project

Music Festivals and Events NZ Board Summer Music in the Park

Little Green Man Productions Te Moana Glow Show

Little Dog Barking Turning on the Light touring Kāpiti District

Sarah Yuile Community Reflective Writing

Kāpiti Youth Orchestra Kāpiti Youth Orchestra Camp 2021

Starjam Charitable Trust Music Performance Workshops Empowering Youth with Disability in Kāpiti

Katja Starke Paul Arts Lockdown Laundry – air your memories

Te Ara Korowai Inclusive Art Workshop

Energise Ōtaki Ōtaki Bike Space Container Mural

Waikanae Arts and Crafts Society inc. Covid-19 Lockdown Creations – a Waikanae Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Jordan Harcourt-Hughes 168 Days of Kāpiti Magic

Te Raukura ki Kāpiti (c/o Kāpiti College Board of Trustees) Promotional material creation for Te Raukura ki Kāpiti

Zeal Education Trust – Kāpiti A Thousand Words – Youth graphic design and photography exhibition

Mahara Gallery Trust 100 Days a Journey

Amalia Calder – Minnie Moo Productions Rain and Jessica Bo Peep

Jenna-Lea Philpott Art Everywhere

Kāpiti Chorale Inc Sacred folk – St Cecilia’s Mass with a Sprig of Thyme