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Ministry for Culture & Heritage's CARE Fund for Home Ground!

Thank you to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage for selecting Home Ground as one of the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund (CARE) recipients.

Manatū Taonga has funded creative spaces, organisations or groups whose primary purpose is to provide access to art-making activities and creative expression for people who experience barriers to participation.

Mā te ahurea me te toiora e tautīnei ake
Culture and art will uplift those in need

With this three year funding we are able to expand and develop our programme, it means we can:

1) Deliver three regional CARE workshops in the Kāpiti coast, Te Tairāwhiti Gisborne and Pōneke, the big city! Maybe even Manawatu...

2) Hire an online facilitator to make our projects available all around Aotearoa through online delivery.

3) Create a dedicated online classroom that will take Home Ground online!

4) Support our core team to be more sustainable through living wages

Expanding our programmes

Home Ground has three core projects we facilitate throughout the year; Project Tahi, Project Rua and Project Toru. These creativity and wellbeing projects run over 3 weeks, giving artists and women in the justice system the space to create art projects that talk about the issues women and whānau face in the justice system. With this new funding we can now provide three additional CARE workshops.

Our three CARE-workshops will be in the Kāpiti coast (here we come Ōtaki!), Te Tairāwhiti Gisborne and Pōneke, will connect up the dots between communities, supporting local arts and creative spaces to grow our Home Ground whānau.

Our first 3-day CARE-workshop will be in December 2021, making Christmas presents for the whānau.

Going online

Making our programmes accessible online means Home Ground can continue during times when it's hard to be together, like a Lockdown situation, PLUS this means that if you are released from Arohata Prison to other towns and cities you can still stay connected with other spaces and opportunities.

We know there is a massive digital divide in our communities, with poor access to the internet and devices. We will be piloting our first online project in October, and will be actively seeking solutions.

Anna Wooles, singer/song writer Moana Leota and Jacqui Moyes at the Project Rua 2021 concert performance. Photo Credit: Kasmira Krefft

Extra bonus news! Our dedicated artist who will run the online classroom is Anna Wooles. She has joined Home Ground for this new challenge, bringing with her a wealth of experience in making projects come alive from design and concept right through to delivery.

NEW! We have an easy Expression of Interest form for our online classroom: click here (or the button below) to fill out the form and let us know your interest in joining us for Project Toru 2021 online.

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This is an inspiring time for Home Ground. We are feeling blessed for the support, and how much more it allows us to achieve. We believe that everyone should have equal access to the arts. Through creative, connected communities we can tap into the magic we all need right now! We look forward to the next three years of a creative, powerful and positive journey.

Kia ora Ministry for Culture & Heritage's CARE fund for this opportunity.

Kia kaha, Kia māia, Kia manawanui.
Be strong, be brave, be steadfast


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