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Do you want to see an outstanding Deaf or disabled artist recognised? How about an inclusive project or programme celebrating community arts? Or a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Zealand? Nominations to this year’s Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Friday 26 March 2021.
Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards celebrate the contribution of individuals, groups and organisations in providing access to and inclusion in the arts. They also acknowledge the achievements and contribution of a New Zealand-based artist or writer with a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment, or lived experience of mental distress.
Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, says Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards play an important role in profiling excellence and leadership in the arts and disability sectors. They also highlight leaders in the use of the arts as a tool supporting the rehabilitative process of prisoners and their reintegration back into society on release.
“This year, we’ve simplified the nominations process to be more accessible for people, organisations and projects to be nominated,” Richard says. “There’s just one question to answer.”
If your nominee is shortlisted, the person making the nomination will be required to provide support material and two support letters to help the judging panels make the final decisions.
“I'm looking forward to receiving your nominations and reading about the many talented artists, and individuals and organisations working to increase their accessibility and inclusion," he says. "Ensuring you nominate your leaders is a vital part of the process.”
Six award categories
The six award categories are:
Arts Access Aotearoa is the key national organisation in New Zealand working to increase access to the arts for people who experience barriers to participation as artists, performers, audience members, and gallery and museum visitors.
It does this by working in the disability, mental health and Deaf communities. It also works with the professional arts sector to improve their access to Deaf and disabled audiences.
In addition, it advises Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections on its arts programmes and activities, and advocates for the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitative process of prisoners and their reintegration back into the community on release.
Each of the six awards has a nomination form. You are able to nominate yourself or others. More information about making a nomination is available on Arts Access Aotearoa’s website.
For more information, you can also contact Stace Robertson, Access, Inclusion and Participation Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the two Arts Access Corrections Awards, contact Chris Ulutupu, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: email@example.com).
Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 26 March 2021.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Iona McNaughton, Communications Manager, Arts Access Aotearoa
(T: 04 802 4349 / 021 799 059 E: firstname.lastname@example.org)