Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed Public Lecture Series
About this Event
The Centre for Arts and Social Transformation at the University of Auckland is hosting a free public lecture Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed on the role and place of the arts in education.
- Lecture and Panel Discussion: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
- Post-lecture Networking: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed refers to The Te Rito Toi website www.teritotoi.org which was created at the Centre to assist schools to return to the classroom post-lockdown. With a focus on the arts and wellbeing, over 250,000 page views in the first weeks of schools reopening and 30,000 New Zealand teachers engaging with the site, it is possible more arts were used to teach in that month in New Zealand schools than in a generation. The Twice Born Seed is a poem written by Gordon Tovey, one of the leaders of a revolutionary arts education movement in New Zealand in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It is time to replant the seed.
The lecture will open with the findings of a 3-year study into the state of creativity in New Zealand schools presented by Professor Peter O’Connor, Director of the Centre. The research paints a compelling picture of the state of New Zealand schools’ creativity. As a second part of the public lecture a panel of artists and education experts will speak of the importance of the arts in everyday life and the role that schools can play in fostering the arts and creativity.
Confirmed speakers on the panel include:
- Perry Rush, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation;
- Liam Rutherford, President of NZEI;
- Dagmar Dyck, a New Zealand artist of Tongan and German descent, Senior Leader, Art Teacher and Inquiry Lead Teacher at Sylvia Park School;
- Huia O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa; and
- Pauline Cleaver, Associate Deputy Secretary – Curriculum, Pathways & Progress, Ministry of Education.
Following the lecture is an opportunity to connect with others from 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Registration is limited due to theatre capacity.