23 Feb 2014
Arts Access Aotearoa is calling for nominations to the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2014. This award recognises a performing arts company, festival, venue, producer, gallery or museum that best demonstrates its commitment to developing its audiences by becoming more accessible to disabled and Deaf people.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 14 March 2014.
The Arts Access Awards is the new name for the annual Big ‘A’ Awards, introduced in 2007. The name change was prompted by a desire to reflect more accurately what the awards recognise and to align them more closely with Arts Access Aotearoa’s purpose.
The Arts Access Awards 2014 will be presented at a ceremony in the Banquet Hall of Parliament on Tuesday 29 July.
Last year’s recipient was Fortune Theatre in Dunedin. Artistic Director Lara Macgregor says receiving the award brought the theatre to the forefront of the community and heightened its profile and initiatives.
“It was a huge vote of confidence for Fortune Theatre and consolidated our vision to continue providing audio described performances, and keep accessibility at the forefront of our vision as we move forward in our fortieth year.
“The prize money enabled us to build better access into our website. This year, a grant through the Make A Difference Fund means we’re able to provide audio description to our blind and vision impaired patrons for the first four shows in 2014.”
The recipient of this award will receive $2500, to be used to progress its work in improving access to disabled audiences. In addition, a representative will be hosted to attend the awards ceremony at Parliament.
The Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award complements Arts Access Aotearoa’s Arts For All programme. A partnership programme with Creative New Zealand, it works with representatives from the disability sector and local councils to support arts and cultural organisations, companies, venues and producers to improve their accessibility.
You are able to nominate yourself or others. For more information and nomination forms, please contact:
Claire Noble, Arts Access Aotearoa
T: 04 802 4349