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Creative Practice for Youth Wellbeing in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre (CRUAT)

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Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre (CRUAT), University of Auckland

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This report, prepared by the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland, examines organisations supporting the wellbeing of young people through participation in the arts. The mapping research focuses specifically on organisations in the Auckland region which work in the field of arts and youth wellbeing. It scopes the ways in which these organisations understand, carry out and resource their work, and identifies key challenges for sector sustainability, growth and positive impact across Aotearoa New Zealand. A review of international literature places this mapping work in the wider national and international context.

For the purposes of the research, “young people” are aged 12-24 consistent with the definition of youth adopted by Ministry of Youth Development. Included in “Arts practice” is music, dance, theatre/drama, visual arts, literature, spoken word, craft/object making, digital and media arts, photography and film, mixed media, circus arts, street arts (graffiti art), and expressive artforms of any cultural tradition including Ngā Toi Māori (such as kapa haka) and Pacific arts.

The report includes the following key recommendations to government:
• To recognise the significant role of the arts in maximising the potential for individual, community, social health and wellbeing.
• To invest in national strategic leadership and resourcing to resolve the deep-seated, significant challenges to the growth and sustainability of this sector.
• To develop a national arts strategy to embed the arts across all government policy areas.
• To adequately resource Te Ora Auaha Creative Wellbeing Alliance Aotearoa and Arts Access Aotearoa as national bodies representing the sector.
• To invest in high-quality professional development, evaluation and research to strengthen quality practice.
• To fund similar mapping/scoping research at a national level and extend it beyond the exclusive focus on youth .

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Young People (16-25)

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

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Walls, A., Mullen M., McTaggart S., O’Connor P. (2019). Creative Practice for Youth Wellbeing in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Mapping the ecosystem in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. New Zealand: Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre (CRUAT), University of Auckland