Queenstown Lakes communities rally to uplift the arts

The Three Lakes Cultural Trust was formed in 2019 to help facilitate the growth of arts and culture in the Queenstown Lakes | Three Lakes Cultural Trust

The Wānaka community has helped shape a ‘Cultural Masterplan’ to improve arts and culture in the region, which was developed by the Three Lakes Cultural Trust and is now due to be publicly released on Friday.

Community Voice meetings were held last year and formed the basis of the plan, which details the current state of the region’s arts sector and provides recommendations to support creativity in the community.

“We are pleased to present a report that truly reflects the views of the people in our communities,” said Three Lakes Cultural Trust chair Bill Moran. “We had great turnouts to our Community Voice events and the feedback from these sessions was essential in forming a well-rounded strategy that we as a Trust – as well as other individuals, groups and organisations – can refer to for years to come.”

Members of the public are invited to participate in a second round of Community Voice meetings. where they can learn how their personal opinions have shaped the draft Masterplan, as well as provide feedback on it. 

The Wānaka session will be held on March 18 at the Lake Wānaka Centre from 6pm to 8pm.

“This Masterplan represents the first time that we, as a community, are having open and frank conversations about arts and culture in our region,” Moran added. “Research shows that a vibrant arts and cultural identity has a positive influence on economic vitality and diversification, social wellbeing and quality of life… We hope that everyone gets involved.”


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