Our social housing Tenant Drama group – The DIY Collective – took to the stage to showcase another thoughtfully constructed devised theatre work. ‘Behind the Scenes’ explored what goes on before, during and after a DIY rehearsal. The performance was a rich mix of script, improv, poetry and song and it was lapped up by a full audience of fellow tenants from across Wellington.
Claire has been working with staff from Te Omanga Hospice to help compose songs that can be sung as a welcome, farewell or celebration. “You are a musical inspiration and you managed to pitch things just right for the group. You were so flexible when we went off on our musical musings and you guided us like a true facilitator. A perfectly pitched workshop.” If you would like a song based project created especially for your workplace, group or organisation please get touch!
In another unique three way partnership, Voice Arts Trust is collaborating with Community Acton Programmes at City Housing and Radio New Zealand on a project that will explore the challenges and rewards of resettlement in a multi-cultural high-density social housing environment in Aotearoa New Zealand. We thank the Office of Ethnic Affairs for their support of this project.
This project running September 2013 – April 2014 is a creative celebration of the 25 City Housing Community Room Coordinators; it will honour the stories that lie behind those people and acknowledge the voluntary work they do; it will further strengthen their identity as a group and enhance their connection to their tenant communities. This project is not confined to one artistic medium but will use film, audio, photography and the written word in a complication of creative expression!
Continuing our work with City Housing we are delivering a creative engagement workshop with the theme of financial fitness. While the day will see lots of helpful information presented to tenants, our role is to help the group see the wealth of knowledge and understanding that already exists amongst them as a community. Games and exercises will draw out all this knowledge – transfer it and and celebrate it!
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.”
A series of workshops exploring how to live a more sustainable life. With a focus on gardens, health and wellbeing, getting creative and building community. The participants were city council tenants and we had such a fantastic time together. We learnt as group, through play, games and sharing. This project was delivered in partnership with Wellington City Housing.
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.