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Programmes bring arts to communities, prisons

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Programmes bring arts to communities, prisons

Arts Access Aotearoa is looking for nominations for its annual awards.

Executive director Richard Benge says the awards play an important role in profiling leadership in the arts and disability sectors, and also those using the arts for prisoner rehabilitation.

Award categories include one for a New Zealand-based artist who has a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment, or lived experience of mental ill-health;

One for a creative space that provides opportunities for people with limited access to make art;

And one for making the arts more accessible to disabled and deaf people.

The Corrections Maui Tikitiki a Taranga Award is for people using the arts in a prison setting, while the Corrections Whai Tikanga Award will recognise a community group, organisation, Maori Focus Unit or individual working with the Department of Corrections using the arts as part of a tikanga programme to encourage a strong cultural identity and support pro-social living.

Nominations close on April 16

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