Sector advocacy for a new strategy for the arts in Ōtautahi Christchurch, with discussions between Creative New Zealand and Christchurch City Council.
Steering Group established to oversee the development of a co-created citywide strategy for the arts. Steering Group membership: (Rotating Chair) Christchurch City Council, Creative NZ, Rātā Foundation, ChristchurchNZ, University of Canterbury, Ara Institute, Word Chch, Arts Centre Trust.
Working Party established on recommendation of the Steering Group, to ensure a collaborative approach to the development of the strategy, and to develop a plan to provide broad sector engagement. Working Party membership: (Independent Chair – Huia Lambie) Christchurch City Council, CoCA, Ōtautahi Creative, RAD Collective, mana whenua representatives, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Court Theatre, Arts Centre Trust.
Engagement Planning. The Working Party led development of an engagement plan to ensure opportunities for the sector to provide input for the strategy. Workshops were planned at different times and locations to discuss issues and opportunities for the future of the arts in Christchurch.
Arts sector workshops. Two workshops each were held at the XCHC and UC at the Arts Centre, and others held at CoCA, Te Kura Tawhito, and the Akaroa Museum. Attendees were asked to describe why arts are important to them and to Christchurch, and to discuss what the local art scene was like pre-quakes, how it is now, and what they’d like it to look like in 10 years. They were then asked to identify hand brakes and accelerators that would either slow down or speed up progress towards achieving the more creative place they’d like the city to become. All ideas were collated and common themes identified. An online option for providing input for those unable to attend workshops is available.
Open forum going in-depth on the themes that came up in the July workshops, and a Mana whenua workshop, focused on the same issues as the wider sector workshops, to ensure the views of mana whenua are included and incorporated into the draft strategy.
Online feedback closes, and the first draft of the strategy is developed. The Working Party will discuss all the feedback from the workshops and public forum, and help refine the key themes and key actions that will help achieve the goals. They will then oversee the development of the first draft of the strategy. Later that month, Working Party and Steering Group partners will workshop the first draft. The various members will then share the draft with the leadership of their organisations to ensure their ongoing support, and suggest any edits they think could strengthen the document.
A Council workshop on the draft strategy is held, and in late October a decision will be sought from each Steering Group partner (including the Council) to release the document for public consultation.
The draft goes out for public consultation from 14 November to 19 December.
All feedback received from the community will be collated and considered by the Working Party to see how the feedback could be used to improve the various parts of the strategy document. In late February, the Steering Group partners will then consider the feedback and recommend any final amendments to the strategy. The Working Party will then make sure these recommended changes are made to strengthen the document. In February/March 2019, a decision will be sought from the Steering Group partners to endorse the final strategy.
Later in 2019
In a partnership between the arts sector and the Steering Group, the plan for implementing the strategy is developed. It ensures that specific actions are taken to achieve the strategy's goals – and different organisations may lead different actions.