What We Do
MAKING ARTS AND CULTURE MATTER
Our purpose is to enhance the lives of people in and around Wānaka and Queenstown through fostering new arts and culture initiatives. We work with our communities and council in the areas of infrastructure, connectivity and growth within the creative sector:
- Enhancing community and social well-being in the district.
- Increasing economic diversity by promoting and encouraging the growth of the creative industries.
- Advocacy for the creative community, engaging in formal QLDC planning processes.
- Facilitation partnerships between stakeholders for the development, funding and delivery of key programmes and infrastructure.
Innovative • Inclusive • Respectful
• Collaborative • Visionary
LIVING LIFE IN COLOUR
By achieving our objectives, the Trust expects our activities to increase social wellbeing by:
- Increasing the vitality and distinctiveness of civic spaces by animating them with public arts and arts programming.
- Increasing community pride and social cohesion, plus attraction to visitors, through the full and effective storytelling of the Three Lakes District, expressing its distinct identity more proactively.
- Offering amenity value to residents by providing the infrastructure and support to encourage a wider and deeper range of cultural activities – both amateur and professional, plus ensuring that geographic and social equity plays a part in access to artistic activities.
ILLUSTRATING OUR FUTURE
Addressing gaps in cultural provision, including but not limited to the following:
- The public appreciation of tangible and intangible Māori cultural heritage in general and contemporary Kāi Tahu culture in particular.
- Performance spaces suitable for dance, unamplified music and drama.
- Non profit gallery space.
- Rehearsal spaces, studio and live/work spaces.
- Maker spaces (work spaces for artists, artisans and designers).
- Access to equipment such as 3D printing.
- Introducing internship programmes addressing gaps in art and culture delivery.