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We know
the arts.
Kua titia te
hirikapo toi.

We’re all about driving positive change and making magic through initiatives that build industry awareness, share knowledge and frameworks, and create on-going opportunities and fresh pathways for all levels of creative engagement.

The Waikato
Arts Navigator

The Waikato Arts Navigator is a shared framework that helps community enablers achieve broader impact and focus on community benefit, with a vision and strategy to support and strengthen arts, culture and creativity in the region.

It can guide planning and decision making, help provide an understanding of purpose, value and impact from what already takes place, and shape the way we actively engage as a community. Find out more here.

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Elevate is a free, nine-month programme that helps awhi Waikato creative practitioners into achievable, financially viable, and sustainable creative careers.

Through weekly workshops and personal development plans, our mentors provide expert  development in business skills, knowledge and resources. Supporting participants to make big career wins.

Elevate is Waikato’s pilot of the Creative Careers programme, supported by the Ministry of Social Development and Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture and Heritage and is available entirely online through Elevate Digital

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United Through

A movement and campaign to bring the community together through the accessible power of creativity.

Waikato artists are encouraged to join an ongoing collection and conversation that aims to strengthen our diverse communities, and fight racism. Now in its second year, Kotahitanga was launched as a response to the tumultuous events of 2020, and has so far commissioned 28 original artworks.

The campaign led to a collaboration with School Kit, sparking the conversation in classrooms Waikato wide with hands-on arts activity.

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ArtReach is a set of rauemi engineered by Creative Waikato to build skill, knowledge and capability that participants can immediately apply to the real world.

Practical and interactive, ArtReach is delivered upon request and can cover skills like strategic planning, marketing, business practice and more.

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Pakihi Toi

Weaving creative passion with profession, Pakihi Toi is a free, online rauemi specifically for Waikato Māori creatives.

Step-by-step videos offer clear and expert information, building toward the end result – your own personalised Mahere Rautaki – Business Plan.

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