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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

Brought together to implement Dunedin’s arts and culture strategy (Ara Toi Ōtepoti – Our Creative Future), the Ara Toi Group, comprises five Dunedin arts and cultural institutions, and a strategy team.

Ara Toi strategy team

This team is led by a Relationship Manager, who is also responsible for creative industries initiatives and strategic projects.

The Relationship Advisor, Arts and Culture develops and maintains relationships with the creative community and agencies external to Dunedin City Council, and the Relationship Advisor, Council Initiatives ensures that Ara Toi is connected to the wide range of Council departments and projects that relate to the arts and culture sectors. Both Advisors are involved in assisting applicants with funding and grants for arts and culture projects and are happy to meet with groups and individuals to provide advice and support.

The Administrator provides support to the team and Group Manager, and the Ara Toi space is shared with the UNESCO City of Literature Director. This ensures our projects in the cultural space are developed in close association with each other.

Projects in 2019 include the Performing Arts Feasibility Study and the Documentary Heritage Project. Other opportunities arising from the new Arts and Creativity in Infrastructure Policy are also being looked at and developed.

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