Creative Bay of Plenty partnered with University of Waikato for a discussion at The Kollective last Wednesday around new programmes of education and training in areas such as drama, performing arts, digital and indigenous arts that may align with the needs or growth of our sector.
The evening was a success, with CBOP General Manager Eric Holowacz saying the creative development ideas were flying around the room: “Dialogue, engagement, and creative conversations are the bedrock of our organisation’s mission,” says Eric. “When we say let’s talk, what we mean is let’s dream about a more robust creative community, about enhanced cultural infrastructure, about bold arts partnerships. That was the substance of Wednesday’s gathering with University of Waikato leaders and the Bay of Plenty performing arts community.”
CBOP Funding Advisor Annie Hill said it was great to see so many from our performing arts sector engage with the University of Waikato at the event, including those involved in local theatre, secondary and tertiary education and training, and those with expertise in the development and delivery of internationally recognised arts and cultural festivals. “This is a great start to what will be an ongoing conversation, with opportunities identified on the night, as well as discussions underway on new ways of engagement and emerging collaborative partnerships,” says Annie.
See a selection of photos from the hui below, taken by photographer Jess Lowcher for CBOP.