West Auckland arts boost from council fund

Publish Date : 19 Apr 2024
Te Pou
Te Pou Theatre Trust is a new recipient of Auckland Council strategic arts and culture funding.

Two west Auckland arts organisations have been given a timely boost with a combined $60,000 in grants awards as part of Auckland Council’s Regional Arts and Culture grants programme.

In total, 44 arts groups and artists received grants totalling more than $1 million from the programme, supporting a range of creative events and activities across the region. 

In Waitākere, Te Pou Theatre Trust will receive $50,000 from the strategic relationships category to provide a Māori performing arts venue for all at Corbans Estate over three years.

Waitākere councillor Shane Henderson welcomed the funding.

“With the budget pressures the council and wider economy is facing, it’s really important for us to be able to still prioritise things that can inspire and create positivity”, says councillor Henderson.

“West Auckland has been a hub for the arts for a long time, and this particular funding will play an important role in encouraging a greater understanding and appreciation of Māori culture.”

In Whau, the Portage Ceramics Trust (which runs Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Clayworks Museum) was awarded $18,000 from the business and capacity development category, to redevelop its website. 

Auckland Council’s Regional Arts and Culture grants programme aims to support a wide range of community-led initiatives to provide inspiring experiences to more Aucklanders, in line with Toi Whītiki, Auckland’s Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan.  

Funding is allocated across three categories, allowing a wide range of regional artists and organisations an opportunity to be considered for grants, ranging from $8,000 for digital content support to $180,000 over three years to provide ongoing strategic support to an art gallery.  

For more detail on the grants approved, visit here.

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