01 Aug 2012
Christchurch’s new plan for the arts reflects the key role the arts play in the life of the city, says Creative New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Stephen Wainwright.
“The arts continue to rejuvenate and enliven Christchurch,” Mr Wainwright said. “Cities need creativity and our research shows that Christchurch people see the arts as having a vital role to play in rebuilding Christchurch’s future.’’
Creative New Zealand welcomes the inclusion of a performing arts precinct in the Christchurch Central Development Unit blueprint. “This is an exciting plan which recognises Christchurch’s history of strong arts practise and looks forward positively to the future,’’ Mr Wainwright said.
“While final details of the precinct are yet to be confirmed, we are heartened to see the proposal provides a home for the performing arts and reflects what we see as the key priorities for a strong arts infrastructure in Christchurch.”
The precinct may include a permanent base for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, The Court Theatre and the Music Centre of Christchurch.
“We appreciate the opportunity the Christchurch Central Development Unit provided for Creative New Zealand and others in the arts sector to be involved in the arts precinct planning process,’’ he said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the CCDU and other stakeholders to further develop the arts blueprint.’’
“The refurbishment of Christchurch Art Gallery, Ngai Tahu’s proposal for a new cultural centre, a new home for dance, and innovative transitional projects, such as Art Box and Art Circus, all point to the resilience and vibrancy of the arts in Christchurch,” Mr Wainwright said.
Creative New Zealand has given more than $1.9m in one-off grants to artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations directly affected by the Canterbury earthquakes since September 2010 through its Earthquake Emergency Response Fund. Creative New Zealand is currently reviewing the Fund’s criteria to ensure the programme remains relevant and responsive to developing needs.
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