25 Jul 2018

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Creative New Zealand launches online best practice guide to community arts

Creative New Zealand has launched a new online tool as a best practice guide for community arts projects in Aotearoa New Zealand: Keteparaha Mō Ngā Toi Hapori, or the Community Arts Toolkit.


The Community Arts Toolkit, aimed at people who lead or are interested in leading community arts projects, draws together best practice from Aotearoa and other parts of the world.

Community arts are created by, with, and for a community – with the community actively involved in creating the art. Artists and practitioners who work with communities from around the country have contributed to the toolkit, sharing their knowledge and experiences in several videos, which are a key feature. There are also tip sheets, templates and examples of successful projects and events.

“We are extremely grateful to those who have so generously shared their time and wisdom to help bring the Community Arts Toolkit to life,” says Cath Cardiff, Senior Manager Arts Development Services.

“The arts matter for strong and prosperous communities. We hope this toolkit will be a useful resource to those working with communities, bringing together a variety of information, tools and resources in one place.”

The toolkit has the following sections:

  • What are community arts?: arts practitioners from around Aotearoa share what ‘community arts’ mean to them.
  • Projects to inspire: some inspiring examples of successful projects from around Aotearoa and the world – including video case studies.
  • What makes a strong community arts project: common characteristics of successful community arts projects to consider when planning and executing projects.
  • Tools to develop your project: a collection of tools and resources for working with communities, from Aotearoa and around the world.
  • Find funding and resources: outlines various sources to explore when seeking resources for community arts projects.
  • Growing community arts: a list of organisations in Aotearoa and overseas working in the community arts space – a starting point at connecting the wide range of experienced community arts practitioners and organisations.

Access the Community Arts Toolkit 

If you know of any other useful resources to add to the toolkit, email us

Special thanks to (in alphabetical order):

Alice Canton
Anna Marbrook
Angela Green
Aroha Novak
Borni Tukiwaho
Daisy Lavea-Timo
Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr
Janet de Wagt
Jarcinda Stowers-Ama
Jo Randerson
Karl Johnstone
Kasia Pol
Katie Peppercorn
Kim Morton
Lyn Cotton
Mary Ama
Nicola Pauling
Noma Sio-Faiumu
Pippa Sanderson
Ros Giffney
Susan Jordan
Tamati Patuwai
Teina Moetara
Thomas Hinz
Thomas LaHood
Tiffany Singh

Fly Me Up – Tiffany Singh
Jolt Dance
OTHER [chinese] – Alice Canton
Pacifica Mamas
The River Talks – Mad Ave
Sing it to My Face – Barbarian Productions
A Waka Odyssey – New Zealand Festival
Whānui project – Auckland Arts Festival

Special thanks also to Jeff Smith of Deep Animation, who shot and edited the videos.

Whiria te tangata, whiria ngā toi, whiria ngā hapori
Weave the people, weave the arts, weave the community