Toi Ōtautahi – Christchurch Arts is a first for the arts in New Zealand. It is a new kind of partnership strategy, developed collaboratively with the arts sector and major funding agencies.
The aim of this strategy is to elevate the arts and creativity in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula by harnessing and building on the energy, passion, and innovative spirit of the community. The strategy recognises the impact of significant events in the city and the role the arts and creative sector can play in healing, connecting communities and finding innovative solutions to a range of issues.
This strategy is focused on creating an environment where creative people want to live, work, and produce work. It will be a living document that will evolve as we test ideas and sharpen our focus over time.
The strategy is not just about supporting artists - it is also about bringing wider benefits to the city - improving people’s wellbeing, sense of identity and connectivity, activating and bringing life to the city, attracting visitors and boosting the economy.