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Supporting your arts community through COVID-19. He Waka Eke Noa

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Creative New Zealand

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Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, Creative New Zealand

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This best practice guide for local councils, produced by Creative New Zealand, offers ways to support local artists, creative workers, arts groups and organisations through COVID-19 and into the future.

The guidance has been written for elected members and council officers, and covers a range of actions that territorial authorities can take to support and strengthen their arts communities as we adapt to a new future. It is also intended to support artists and creative practitioners in their own kōrero (discussions) with their local councils.

As one of the biggest investors in arts and culture in Aotearoa, local government plays a vital role in ensuring New Zealanders have access to arts and culture in every rohe (region) of the country.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many creative practitioners and organisations have been severely impacted by loss of employment and reduced ability to deliver their work to live audiences. In this context, local government’s requirement to promote the social and cultural wellbeing of communities becomes even more critical.

The guidance document includes suggestions around communicating with arts communities, funding, council-owned and operated venues, regulatory levers, collaborating with artists in recovery planning, and promoting cultural wellbeing. Although the guide has been developed in light of COVID-19, it is designed to represent best practice for how councils can support and work with their arts communities.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Creative New Zealand (2020). Supporting your arts community through COVID-19. He Waka Eke Noa. Wellington: Creative NZ. Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.