The Culture, Heritage & Arts Resources Trust
C.H.A.R.T was established in 2010, funded by WDC (Whangarei District Council), to enable the community to develop and progress long-term strategies to support and build capacity in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors. It took a collaborative approach to building programming, infrastructure and providing strategic guidance to leaders in the sectors and worked alongside thirteen major organisations within the Whangarei District.
C.H.A.R.T had an approved process to provide assistance with funding applications, governance, management support, relationships, development and community liaison within the sectors. It was a specialist resource available to Council as an advisory body and advocate on behalf of the cultural, heritage and creative industries within the Whangarei District.
“Through these activities, it contributed economic benefits to our communities.” (Chart,2013)
C.H.A.R.T established a trading component, CREATIVE NORTHLAND to promote the development of capacity in the Creative sector to the whole of Northland. It had its own board of Trustees and was the shareholder of the Old Library, which was a charitable limited company effectively operating since January 2010 and had established itself as the community arts heart and soul in Whangarei. Old Library Ltd. had its own Board of Directors and took on a 10-year lease of the building from the Whangarei District Council. (CHART AGM, Chairperson report,2012)
Capacity for the sector:
C.H.A.R.T worked simultaneously with national organisations, local bodies, and the community to develop and deliver strategy focussed on growth. The charitable organisation was inspired by recommendations from the Taapapa Toi consultation. ‘Taapapa Toi’ was a joint venture funded by the Whangarei District Council and Te Papa. The Arts, Culture Heritage sector and creative community of Whangarei called for an organisation, a Cultural, Heritage and Arts Resource Trust, which could deliver resources, services, strategic leadership and a cohesive, collaborative approach sector development. This was all brought to realisation through a consultation process undertaken by Mary Britton and the Whangarei District Council.
The founding thought of C.H.A.R.T was to build an organisation working for and with a sector which understood itself as collaborative, cooperative, forward thinking and above all, action for the sector. (Report, 2012)
It had established key community partners which assisted these sector agencies with economic, capital and professional development. To assure these stakeholders remained current and effective systems of governance and management, the success of these organisations were C.H.A.R.T’s core business – helping them with ideas of funding and assisting with writing funding applications.
Whangarei Art Museum
Whangarei Youth Music
Whangarei Youth Theatre
Packard and Pioneer Museum
The Paper Mill
The Quarry Arts Centre
Te Kowhai Print Trust
Old Library Community Centre
Hihiaua Cultural Centre Trust
Whangarei Museum & Kiwi North
Achievements and Successes:
C.H.A.R.T Research Project, Questionnaires & Workshops with key stakeholders and Sector Hui Mentoring Networks built with Puke Ariki, Govett Brewster Gallery and the New Plymouth District Council.
The Old Library, being under the management of C.H.A.R.T, continued work with WDC to ensure the financial viability and sustainability of a building, which is precious to many, so that it can benefit both the art sector and the wider community. (Chair Report,2015)
The Arts Promotion Trust became C.H.A.R.T as at 1st July 2010 and adopted a new Trust deed. A new CEO, CHART office space development with signage, engaging key stakeholders, connecting with Tangata whenua, KPI’s, policies and procedures were established, along with advisory group development, membership and affiliation model development, website development and AGM – Always Gathering Momentum. WDC Funding for C.H.A.R.T was established in April 2010.
Both ArtBeat and the Sculpture Symposium at the Town Basin were very successful events.
Worked with the Creative sector on the objectives, a number of projects undertaken to build capacity in the district. Major project was “Capital Projects Prioritisation Plan” (CPPP) which identified the strength and weaknesses of ten arts and heritage organisations in the district with the aim to prioritise projects for funding over the next ten years. This collaborative approach has seen these organisations agree to the priority plan with the first application successful in gaining funding. ASB, the funder in this project, commended the project prioritisation plan for assisting their process.
The 2012 Sculpture Symposium was a resounding success with approximately $42,000 in artwork sales, over twenty five artists working on site and up to 10,000 visits over the ten day period. The selected piece “Aurere” a marble sculpture on a basalt base sculptured by Anna Kover was purchased by WDC and installed on the Sculpture Walkway in the Town Basin.
C.H.A.R.T (Connection, Community, Collaboration) brings arts and art practitioners into public view through festivals, exhibitions and professional development; showcasing art, making art accessible, bringing down barriers between the artist and the public.
Some key events include: Flying High, Love My Life Youth Music Festival (2000 participants), ArtBeat (7,000 attendees on the day), Northland Youth Summit (grew from 28 youth to 60 participants, encouraged by agencies with funding & supported by NIF).
C.H.A.R.T’s key stakeholders were supported at various levels with funding applications, marketing, governance, management support, relationship development and community liaison with the sector (WDC and CHART and Arts Resource Trust, 2013).
C.H.A.R.T North and Creative Northland successfully delivered projects, pilots and events: Northland Youth Summit (Over 100 youth from Northland were selected to head to Te Ahu Centre), Creative Giving Workshops (All stakeholders attended an introduction to philanthropy), ArtBeat (7,000 - 10,000 attendees on one day, the most popular and attended free family festival), Sculpture Symposium (11 days long event with 27 live sculptors at town basin and over 10,000 visitors), Sculpted Steel (Whangarei writer Nickie Muir was chosen as the first sculptural poem to be carved into a column of basalt in the Art Park at Whangarei Town Basin. The poem was carved into the stone by sculptor Anna Korver), The Chorus Box Mini Murals (11 New Chorus Cabinets up for commission), SUP APPS (Events App & online calendar developed between April & December, Launched 2013).