01 Mar 2024

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Arts Council Chair Caren Rangi welcomes attendees to All in for Arts in Whangārei. Photo: Nimmy Santhosh

The Arts Foundation Te Tumi Toi and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa are on tour with a new season of All in for Arts: He waka toi e eke noa nei tātou  –  uplifting and inspiring breakfast events that shine a spotlight on arts, culture, creativity and ngā toi Māori.

From February to May, we’re hosting free events that bring together community leaders, decision makers, artists and creative champions to share personal stories of how the arts shows up in their lives, and how we can work together to build a flourishing creative sector for everyone in Aotearoa.

Each of the free events features coffee, kai and a series of inspiring five-minute speeches from a diverse line-up of speakers, including artists, young people, and community and business leaders.

All in for Arts kicked off in Whangārei on Tuesday February 27, where we heard from Ecostore founder Malcolm Rands, artist Cora-Allan Lafaiki-Twiss, Mayor of Whangārei District Vince Cocurullo, Hundertwasser Art Centre fundraisers Helen Whittaker and Clive Jackson and the new CEO of Youth Arts New Zealand Darius Martin-Baker. You can listen to the speeches on Spotify via the All in for Arts podcast.

At the upcoming Queenstown event speakers include Arts Foundation laureate Oscar Kightley, Mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Glyn Lewers, and Ziptrek Ecotours’ Trent Yeo. 

All for Arts Whangarei
All in for Arts Whangārei: Arts Foundation General Manager Jessica Palalagi, Cora-Allan Lafaiki-Twiss, Helen Whittaker and Clive Jackson. Photo: Nimmy Santhosh

Tracey Monastra, Advocacy Manager at Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa says “We’d love you to join us when we visit your town or city. If you’re already a big believer in the power of the arts, we encourage you to bring along someone who needs convincing. You’ll leave feeling nourished.”

"Supporting art, culture and creativity helps communities thrive, and All in for Arts is such a powerful reminder of that. This is an opportunity to celebrate what creativity looks like for New Zealanders from all walks of life, and to come together to help ensure that art continues to thrive.” 

Jessica Palalagi, General Manager of The Arts Foundation adds, “We’re excited to be hitting the road again for All in for Arts: He waka toi e eke noa nei tātou 2024. Each event uplifts and affirms the power of arts and creativity in all of our lives – as well as help us imagine the potential of an Aotearoa where everyone has access to arts, culture and creativity. Join us for coffee, kai and great vibes!”

There are nine All in for Arts events remaining, with more speakers to be announced:

March 13 – Tāhuna Queenstown
March 15 – Ōtepoti Dunedin
March 19 – Ōtautahi Christchurch
April 3 – Waiharakeke Blenheim
April 9 – Rotorua
April 11 – Tauranga
April 16 – Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
April 30 – Whanganui
May 2 – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Join us across the motu for stories of the power of creativity. Reserve your (free!) tickets here

PLEASE NOTE: All in for Arts is taking place at the same time as a series of regional workshops about Creative New Zealand’s recently announced arts development funding and support changes. These separate workshops will run across the country in February and March.