Mapura Studios, in collaboration with partner ToiOra Live Art Trust, (and under Creative Access Networks - (CAN) has recently initiated and successfully delivered a pilot training programme in ‘Creative Facilitation in Community Arts.
’ The pilot constitutes a core module of a more comprehensive Community
Arts Practitioner Training, eventually to be delivered on a national scale into the community arts sector.
Mapura Studios Director, Suzanne Vesty, as Lead Facilitator, wrote and delivered modules in
Leadership and Group Facilitation. A total of twelve participants from various community arts groups including Toi Ora, Hohepa and Circability, and Spark Centre arts facilitators, Ian Moore and Sacha Kronfeld, attended.
Those working in creative spaces and disability arts in particular have long seen the need for training and development of skills and expertise in the sector. This pilot is the first of its kind. It provided an in depth, person - centered, experiential training that was extremely well received by all. Mapura Studios intends to continue to be centrally involved in such leading edge, innovative, professional training, seeking to improve the capabilities of community arts practitioners, in order to deliver programmes of excellence to artists living with diversity and disabilities.
Pilot funded by: Creative New Zealand, COGS, ASB Community Trust, Toi Ora Live Trust & Mapura Studios.