Help reopen The Arts Centre
Can you help keep The Arts Centre alive?Canterbury
The Covid-19 pandemic reminds us how music, visual and performing arts, and creative endeavour of all kinds can nurture, delight and refresh us as human beings. Creativity is at the heart of human wellbeing. It enables us to express ourselves and to engage with those around us. It comforts and encourages us in a world that looks so uncertain.
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is home to arts and creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch, but as a result of Covid-19 we have experienced a major loss of revenue, including from ticketed events, venue hire, Rutherford’s Den and shop income, tenant's rent, and face-to-face fundraising events.
Even before the pandemic, The Arts Centre had been living hand to mouth:
- We are a charitable trust.
- We get no ongoing council or central government funding.
- We have barely recovered from the devastating earthquakes of 2010-11.
- Over two-thirds of the site is restored and strengthened but raising enough money to cover our annual operating costs and complete the site restoration will be our toughest challenge yet.
As a centre for the arts we've been re-building our programme of public events (music, dance, visual art) and creative activities for children. We have opened Pūmanawa, our community exhibition space. We have revived The Arts Centre Mākete and the Creative Residency programme.
We need support to keep the ARTS in The Arts Centre.
In response to the pandemic, all staff took a pay cut and we are receiving the government’s wage subsidy. Unfortunately, that is not enough to close the gap.
By supporting The Arts Centre you help maintain advice and vital infrastructure for creative practitioners – residencies, commissions, performance and exhibition opportunities.
When the time comes, we want to be able to welcome Christchurch people back to a lively Arts Centre that supports diverse creative communities and offers creative experiences for all.
Can you help us reopen the doors?
PS: We are following public health advice and would only reopen when it is safe to do so. At Alert Level 3, all our public-facing activity is online only. Some face-to-face activities may be safe at Alert Level 2, with appropriate precautions; others might have to wait until Alert Level 1.
The Arts Centre is a centre of the arts and creativity in Ōtautahi Christchurch. We are a charitable trust set up to foster, promote, facilitate and encourage art, culture, education and related interests.
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Your donations will benefit the local community. Your contribution to The Arts Centre's operational costs, will help maintain vital infrastructure for creatives and ensure their work is accessible to the people of Ōtautahi Christchurch.
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As The Arts Centre gradually reopens we want to say another huge thank you to everyone who have already donated and supported our call for help. We have loved receiving your messages of support and it is wonderful to know that The Arts Centre has a special place in the hearts of so many people.
Our sincere thanks also go to actor, wine-maker and all-round good guy, Sam Neill who has taken the time, in between eye surgeries to record his own message of support. Good on ya' Sam and we wish you a speedy recovery.
We still face some big challenges and there will be tough times ahead. You can continue to show your support by sharing our messages on your social media, checking out the competitions and art activation's via our website, visiting The Arts Centre and by supporting The Arts Centre community who have also now reopened.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
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This page was created on 30 Apr 2020 and closes on 28 May 2020.