Business as usual at Floyds Creative Arts

Joanne McGimpsey, an artist at Floyds Creative Arts Photo: Marney Brosnan
It’s business as usual at Floyds Creative Arts in Christchurch, which has survived the earthquake

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It’s business as usual at Floyds Creative Arts in Christchurch, which has survived the earthquake without any major damage to its brick, central city building. Its doors will re-open on Monday 13 September.

It’s business as usual at Floyds Creative Arts in Christchurch, which has survived the earthquake without any major damage to its brick, central city building. Its doors will re-open on Monday 13 September.

Floyds has also survived being placed into liquidation by its trustees. Its new owner, La Famia Foundation NZ, is committed to ensuring the creative space and its services will continue – and expand.

One of Christchurch’s leading social service organisations, Floyds has been providing arts activities to people with limited access opportunities for more than 35 years.

Earlier this year, La Famia agreed to purchase the intellectual property of Floyds to help keep the creative space afloat. However, a subsequent financial review revealed that this financial boost was not enough to overcome Floyd’s accumulated financial woes.

The review was undertaken by La Famia and Christchurch lawyer Simon Mortlock, who was appointed to the trust in March by the Ministry of Social Development.

Harmon Wilfred, chairman of Floyds Creative Arts and also managing trustee of La Famia, says that people who use Floyds’ services will not notice any difference in the quality of services provided.

“We’re already looking to enhance our current programmes and are hopeful that we will begin by adding a stone carving department, followed by a music and dance component,” he says.
 
La Famia will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Social Development and the Canterbury District Heath Board, as well as a wide range of social service organisations and government agencies to serve the Christchurch and greater Canterbury communities.

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Arts Access Aotearoa

9 Sep 2010

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