Feeling creative? Need some funding?
Individuals and groups who have eligible arts projects are being encouraged to apply for a funding grant.
The Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme – Ōpōtiki District is aimed at increasing participation in the arts at a local level and expanding the range and diversity of arts available within the district.
Ōpōtiki District Deputy Mayor and Assessment Committee Member, Lyn Riesterer says the Scheme, which is administered by Ōpōtiki District Council, allocates around $11,000 of arts funding in the Ōpōtiki District each year.
"Getting involved in arts activities can have an inspiring affect on both our individual lives and on our community as a whole.
"The Scheme endeavours to make more arts available to more people but ultimately, it's up to the community to come up with the ideas and to make them happen."
Lyn Riesterer explains that projects such as art, dance, drama, literature, music, seminars, workshops and community art and cultural events may be eligible.
In the last funding round, grants were allocated to assist with a rock art puppet show and workshop, a photo and uku exhibition, a Taonga pūoro workshop and noho marae for kapa haka.
Funding applications are considered by an assessment committee made up of dedicated representatives from the Ōpōtiki district.