Te Papa

Ko0uNFgpWe have a great history of using Museums as spaces for community creative expression. As our national Museum, Te Papa, embarks on a renewal of all its long term exhibits, we’ve been invited to offer our feedback on some of the initial concepts. It’s great to be one of voices in this significant process.

Connection in the Cook Islands

DSC_0060FullSizeRender-2Our Director, Nicola Pauling has just returned from the Cook Islands where she led an inclusive drama project at the Creative Centre and workshops with teachers, principals and teachers aides exploring how drama can be used as a tool for engagement with students of all abilities. “Nicola’s visit was transformative. Her apt timing, pace and intuitive ability to match delivery to participant needs was beautiful to witness. Her passion for authentic connection created deep meetings with diverse participants experiencing significant barriers to accessing learning.” Sarah McCawe, Inclusive Education Advisor MoE. 

Team Development Idea Services

idea 4We spent a a day with the team from Idea Service’s Alpha Art Studio. The staff here are enormously generous in spirit and give so much to their clients, it was wonderful to spend a day nurturing them. We invited the team to explore the gifts and burdens of responsibility and how to maximise their wellbeing in a work environment that is extremely demanding.

Women in WW1 Theatre Project

photoWe are partnering with the British Council and the Goethe-Institut on a community based, devised theatre project exploring the role of women in WW1.  This project will begin in May and will involve a diverse group of 6-8 women who will be supported in the creation of a performance piece that will premiere on November 11th, Armistice Day, in the Grand Hall at Parliament.

On the Web

Inspiring Communities has profiled the work of Voice Arts Trust on their website.  It is a great article that explores our kaupapa, our projects, along with an interview with our Director. To read the full article click here! 

SJAM ALLIANCE

Invited by Te Papa, Voice Arts Trust has joined as a founder supporter of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums. It is wonderful to be part of such a fantastic global initiative. For more information visit www.sjam.org

3 Way Partnership

Voice Arts Trust regularly partners with City Housing and with The Museum of Wellington City and Sea but a new project for 2014 will bring, for the first time, all 3 organisations together in a unique collaboration.  This is a storytelling project with older people in assisted living. See our project page for more details as this exciting partnership moves forward.

Speaking of Voice Arts Trust …

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.

Winner 2013 New Zealand National Diversity Awards

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).

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