News Update 29 May

Kia ora,

MA Board Tuesday 22nd May
The MA Board met on 22 May in Wellington. Some great progress was made on the revised Code of Ethics which will be ready for next year’s AGM. Thank you for all your feedback in our MA12 conference survey. Umberto Crenca’s talk in particular has shone through as highlight for most people. Next year’s conference location has been confirmed as Rotorua and we are pondering what will be an inspiring theme. Our next board meeting will be held in August. Please contact the office or a Board member to have your say in any MA matters.

Minister’s Speach to MA Director’s Dinner
In his speech before the Directors’ dinner at the MA12 conference the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage, Hon Chris Findlayson discussed the government’s thinking with creation of the new Heritage Forum and its role in the future of the sector. He also talked about collaboration as a way through the challenges faced in Christchurch. He concluded with some of his highlights for year including the Auckland Art Gallery’s re-opening, the appointment of a mentoring adviser in the Arts Council, the development of a government commemorations policy, and plans for the upcomming First World War Centenary.

International Museum Day
Museums around the country held some fun events for International Museum Day. Check out these great entries in the my favourite thing photo competion at Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

Arts Access Aotearoa
Arts Access Aotearoa has begun holding workshops around the country to encourage awareness and share practical ideas about making the arts – including museums – accessible to all. Their recent workshop at Dunedin Public Art Gallery was a great day for networking as well as learning. The Arts Access Aotearoa website has a range of resources and Pippa Sanderson is happy to answer questions.

Finally, a reminder that Volunteer Awareness Week is 17-23 June, with a theme of ‘building communidties through volunteering’.

Phillipa is away on leave this week and next, but I am in the office and happy to help. 

Nga mihi,


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