We work to advance the knowledge in and appreciation of the Arts through community based educational activities such as workshops and symposium in a wide variety of subjects, and to foster interest and foster interest and participation in the arts.
The Council’s aim, in partnership with kindred organisations, is to:
advance the knowledge in and appreciation of the Arts (including crafts and hobbies) through community based educational activities such as workshops and symposium in a wide variety of subjects.
foster interest and participation in the Arts by sponsoring performances/exhibitions, most especially by local people, within the Motueka District.
Encourage a wider participation in the Arts by offering grants to assist local non-profit arts groups and clubs to develop their skills and productions.
Act as an advocate for the Arts with local and national organisations.
The Council is a non-profit organisation with charitable status through its grants to other non-profit bodies engaged in the Arts.
What we do to fulfil our objects above:
Every year we run a series of arts-related workshops during the winter months.
During the year we may run other workshops or events such as promotion of local authors (in conjunction with the Library) or musicians etc. Extra workshops often develop from the winter series and we do help to set up small groups which continue from the workshops, such as the creative writing group and the ukelele group.
Membership of the Arts Council is open to anybody who is interested in these aims and objects. The Management Committee meets monthly and is always looking for new members with enthusiasm to continue the work.
Currently the Council is endeavouring to collect names of groups and artists to develop a database for use in the community.
Please contact the secretary Petra Dekker, phone 03 540 2795 or president Mary Nicholls, phone 03 526 8677 for more information.