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Council integrating arts and culture into everyday life

Published: 11 July 2016

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Auckland Council integrating arts and culture into everyday life

For the first time since council amalgamation, a wide snapshot across the council family is capturing the range of arts and culture activity from its many departments and council controlled organisations.

In addition to the provision of facilities, programmes and grants through our Arts, Culture and Events department, Auckland Transport for instance is working with artists and our Public Art team on integrating art at our transit stations.

Auckland Council is continuing to implement Toi Whītiki, Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan, aspirations across the organisation. We are currently mapping the extensive range of arts and culture delivery from the Arts, Culture and Events department initiating and delivering arts programmes and events throughout Auckland to Council Controlled Organisation contributions.

Regional Facilities, Auckland Transport and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) are also investing in arts and culture. ATEED is leveraging the creative industries through events like Techweek and is promoting our Māori culture through investment in the new Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival.

Te Haeata o Rangitoto was a light installation to coincide with the inaugural Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival during Auckland’s Anniversary Weekend. This was a joint pilot project led by the 13 iwi of Marutuahu, Ngāti Whatua and Waiohua-Tamaki, together known as the Tamaki Collective, and supported by ATEED.

Meanwhile, Panuku Development Auckland continues to activate the Auckland Waterfront with music, film and art. These are just some of examples of the great range of activity going on.

Understanding the delivery of arts and culture across the breadth of the Auckland Council family will enable council to track on-going commitment to the plans goals and objectives. This helps ‘grow and deliver strategic investment in arts and culture to enable a thriving and resilient sector’, an objective of Toi Whītiki. It will also help our creative sector and community stakeholders to understand just what Auckland Council is doing regarding arts and culture for our region.

Find out more about Toi Whītiki, Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan

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