Interest in our work and our purpose continues to grow in all sorts of wonderful places. Recently Voice Arts Trust was invited to deliver a 1 hour lecture to members of Wellington’s University of the 3rd Age. Like much of our work, there was nothing usual about this lecture and the audience found themselves becoming participants as we demonstrated some of the games from our toolbox of deep fun. The feedback was fantastic and it is our hope that next year we will look to partner with U3A for an actually project.
Voice Arts Trust was also invited to the Embassy of Thailand to meet with a delegation from southern Thailand. The members were all engaged in preventing / reducing communal conflicts in the area. The group was keen to hear about and understand the cross cultural and creative-focused work of Voice Arts Trust. We discussed the transformative power of drama based education and creative expression in the community, but also of the challenges. From our morning together, it looks as if facilitators from Voice Arts Trust may be heading to Thailand in 2015 to train local facilitators.
Voice Arts Trust was a recipient of the annual New Zealand Diversity Awards presented at the conclusion of the New Zealand Diversity Forum held on 26 August in Wellington.Voice Arts Trust was recognised for our outstanding contribution to diversity in New Zealand. Here Director Nicola Pauling receives the award on behalf of the Trust. (photo Colin Diamid).
We had a fantastic day at the City Housing Tenant Summit, delivering back to back workshops on sustainable living and how to be a great neighbour. It was wonderful to work with familiar faces and meet a whole lot of new ones! I think this piece of feedback says it all: ” The tactile nature of the experience will ensure we remember. Thank you.”
In partnership with Wellington City Council we are delivering a series of workshops for council tenants exploring themes of sustainability, gardens, food and community. In true Voice Arts style, the workshops will encourage learning through play, theatre games and exercises, and encourage sharing and a discovery of ourselves through others.
There was no red carpet, but there was plenty to celebrate at the premiere screening of ‘Facing Change,’ a moving 11 minute short film, created by our participants and exploring the transition into a retirement facility. Participants, their friends and family, along with residents, staff and management of Rita Angus and Ryman Healthcare enjoyed speeches, wine and food and a wonderful film. It was a very special evening. To watch online click here.
The participants in our Rita Angus Film Project got put through there paces on the weekend as we launched into the filming phase of this project. Luckily the weather was good to us! The Film will premiere at Rita Angus on October 24th. Watch this space for a web link to the finished film – working title “New Haven!”
Our film, ‘Inspired By’ is to become a permanent part of Te Papa’s exhibition ‘The Mixing Room.’ This is a wonderful achievement for our participants and truly honours their creative work. We are so thrilled more people will get an opportunity to view this film!
The short film ‘Inspired By’ – created by the participants of our Refugee Storytelling Project has been selected for presentation at the National Youth Diversity Forum. Two of the participants will travel to Auckland for the forum, they will present the film and share their experience of the project. We thank the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO for funding the costs of this wonderful invitation.
The Bishop’s Action Foundation, based in Taranaki, has invited Voice Arts Trust to deliver a drama project in New Plymouth. The project will work with young people you use the youth health service ‘Waves’. The aim is to capture the impact this services has on the young people who use it, the opportunities it has provided them and the ongoing support it provides. Through creative a series of drama workshops the participants will explore this theme and present a performance to family, friends and Waves funders and supporters.
We are delighted to be partnering with Ryman Healthcare to deliver a drama project for elderly residents of Rita Angus retirement village. We are working with 12 participants and they have chosen to create a short film exploring the impact of moving into residential care. Watch this space for a link to the finished film, due for release in November.