There is a silver lining in the Covid 19 cloud. Our experience during lockdown has been a catalyst for a seismic shift in how we work; to complement our physical studio, we will take our studio to the artists - plans are afoot for a virtual studio space, a meeting place for artists. Keep Reading
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Leaders must define new realities In a crisis - a time of intense difficulty or danger - the first responsibility of a leader is to define the new reality. The second is to plot the way towards that reality, to empower others to get there & succeed. COVID-19 has re-set the world's collective reality. We will never go back to the old... Keep Reading
Leadership Truth #1: In midst of COVID-19, some truths never change. How we view things determines how we do things, so having the right perspective is all-important. We have faced-down many crises and we will beat this one also. Crises are more common than we think. Just in the last 20 years we have had Y2K, 9/11, SARS... Keep Reading
Joy Allcock, leader of the Shine Literacy Project, and Deborah Grover, developer of the beagle software application used in the Shine Project, have both been accepted to present the results of the Shine Literacy Project at the World Literacy Summit in Oxford U.K., in April this year. They will be sharing the work they have done ... Keep Reading
It’s the beginning of the year and a great time to think about ways to assess your programme and keep it on track. I’ve come up with five things that will help ensure your programme is robust, safe and successful. Keep Reading
Last evening talk was entitled ‘From here to Autonomy’, but it was clearly meant to shake us out of our complacency when it came to driving our cars ... Keep Reading
It’s essential that disabled artists and writers are seen on stages, in stories and exhibitions, concert halls and music venues. An excellent, truly inclusive play for Palmerston North audiences is coming up at The Globe Theatre featuring actor Lilly Harper in Up Town Girl. Keep Reading
Last evening, Rob Wilson, president of Ghost Fishing NZ, described the activities of this entirely voluntary organisation, which tries to clean up the seabed. .. Keep Reading
It’s been almost a year since I was appointed the Arts in Corrections Advisor at Arts Access Aotearoa. Over the year, I’ve been privileged to witness or be part of some great art projects from all across the country. Below are just some highlights from this year. Keep Reading
For this final blog of the year, I’ve looked back over photos I still had on my phone and elsewhere to share with you. These photos speak to the people, events and work that have been significant to Arts Access Aotearoa Putanga Toi Ki Aotearoa in 2019. What drives our work is the belief that all people in Aotearoa will have access and inclu... Keep Reading
It’s an exciting time for access in the arts here in Aotearoa. In the newly formed role of Programme Co-ordinator for Access and Inclusion, I have had the wonderful chance to continue Auckland Arts Festival’s track record of award-winning accessibility, plus introduce some innovative new initiatives. Keep Reading
On Friday night, the Myanmar Community put on a Hotpot Dinner for the Myanmar Homework Club volunteers, several of whom are Plimmerton Rotary Club members. It was a great chance to mingle and share with these lovely people from Myanmar ... Keep Reading
I usually try and avoid dance performances due to their inaccessibility for people who are blind, like me. But in November, I had no excuse! The Royal New Zealand Ballet came to Dunedin to present an audio described performance of Hansel & Gretel and I felt curious enough to go along. Keep Reading
"We are a dance company that provides training opportunities and performance opportunities for people with disabilities. I always find it a bit bizarre using that word 'disabilities' because for me it’s just about people. But they are the community that we work with. We also do a lot of education, teacher training to share our ideas about... Keep Reading
Greetings friends, fans and family of WIDance. It’s been an exciting year for Wellington Integrated Dance, with lots going on. We’ve been growing relationships and connections with old friends and new, and solidified the relationship with our dedicated team of regulars. Keep Reading