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Continuing the good work

In 2011, Trust Waikato and Hamilton City Council, as two major funders of arts and culture in the region, began looking into the value of forming a new arts organisation that combine and extend the roles of pre-existing organisations Arts Waikato and Creative Hamilton.

At the heart of the review was the desire to see increased and cohesive strategic support for the region's arts sector. The existing organisations had similar goals and strengths but both struggled with limited resources. The primary difference between the organisations was that Creative Hamilton administered the CNZ Creative Communities funding scheme, and had limited resource to engage in the ‘field’.  Arts Waikato on the other hand had no funding responsibilities and more focus on capacity development work.  Towards the final few years of the organisation, Arts Waikato became moreinvolved in the Arts Education sector. 

By mid 2012 Arts Waikato and Creative Hamilton were wound down and the Creative Waikato Trust was formed.  With the commitment and support of existing funders Creative Waikato commenced operations to build upon the good work of Arts Waikato and Creative Hamilton, but with the benefit of a singular and clear mandate for leading strategic development and capacity building in the arts sector.