New Zealand - International Document

Understanding the Value of Creative Spaces

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PS… Services

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Ministry for Culture & Heritage

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This report presents key findings from a survey of creative spaces, intended to provide key decision makers and agencies with information about the sector to better understand how the sector operates, the services it provides and to whom.

Creative spaces are organisations and places where people who experience barriers to participation can create or participate in artforms, including Māori and Pasifika artforms, painting and drawing, crafts, sculpture, photography, theatre, dance, circus, music, film and creative writing.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Arts Access Aotearoa worked together to identify a total of 67 organisations as being “the sector”, and distributed a survey to these organisations. Responses were received from 42 creative spaces, for a response rate of 63%.
The survey collected information on:
• the type and nature of creative spaces
• the activities and services they provide
• their staffing levels and qualifications
• the clients that use these services
• the outcomes they seek to achieve
• barriers/challenges experienced
• their governance and management arrangements
• sources of income and expenses.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Survey

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

PS… Services (2019). Understanding the Value of Creative Spaces. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry for Culture & Heritage.