Those who have the arts as an integral part of their lives often wonder why the arts don’t seem to feature as prominently as other disciplines in the national discourse. We are not alone in wondering; the same conversations go on in Australia. This doesn’t make a lot of sense when we know (and surveys agree with us) that New Zealand is an arts mad nation.
Despite high levels of engagement, there are still many people who would benefit from a closer relationship with the arts. A more prominent place for the arts in New Zealand’s national conversation would connect more people with the arts and give people more confidence to walk through the doors of galleries, theatres and venues, to open books, watch and listen.
Many people support the Arts Foundation because they believe we can help re-position the arts in New Zealand. Our supporters understand that by honouring and supporting talented New Zealand artists at occasions of national significance, we are making an enormous contribution to national identity.
When you come to the New Zealand Arts Awards you are part of the team that is working hard to ensure the arts are understood and celebrated at the level they should be. Just by being there you give confidence to the arts sector and ensure that each recipient of an award feels the love and pride we have for them.
Your attendance at the Arts Awards is important. It is a stand for what we value about our great nation. It is also a chance to be with your community and to endorse New Zealand artists.
This year’s event will be rich with theatre, occasion, fun and laughter. It is the arts party of the year. Each recipient is busy preparing a short experience in association with their presentation. Those who attend the awards can expect to be sung and played to, read to and to feel the power of dance, film and the visual arts.
The New Zealand Arts Awards: Wednesday 23 November, 2016 in Auckland at 6pm.
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The Arts Foundation will announce the recipients of the Awards on 14 November 2016. The announcement will be made by email and facebook. Click here to register for our email newsletter and here for our facebook page. Sharing the announcement with friends is another way you can help to promote the arts in New Zealand.