THE FUTURE Is CREATIVE.
Youth Arts New Zealand interconnects and strengthens the relationships between young artists and the resources and networks which will further them in their creative aspirations. YANZ is all about promoting leadership and creative stimulation within youth communities all across New Zealand, and we aspire to create opportunities in these communities to encourage creative thinking and practices.
Through collaborating with youth on creative projects, and supporting them to realise their inner dreams and potential, we hope to form a nationwide community of young creatives that grow up knowing they have a voice and a purpose. We encourage the unconventional.
LOVE YOUR HE(ART)
LOVE YOURSELF, YOUR CREATIVE VOICE AND YOUR WORK. OWN IT. BE PROUD.
STIMULATE CREATIVE LEADERSHIP
ENABLING CREATIVE INNOVATORS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS TO CREATE CHANGE FOR GOOD.
3. EVERYONE IS CREATIVE
EvERYONE DESERVES ACCESS TO THE ARTS. CREATIVITY Is within all of us.
4. CULTIVATE CONSCIOUS COMMUNITIES
Encourage and build support networks around young creatives.
5. AMPLIFY VOICES, DRIVE DISCUSSION
Bring stories and journeys of young creatives to the forefront of society. Open up the perception of what it means to be creative.
A Note from our Founder
To say that creativity is a beautiful thing would be an understatement. The power to create art is the power to change the world; to inflict change, to form movements, to break barriers and boundaries, and to remind ourselves of our true identity as individuals on this planet, which over 7 billion people call home.
Creativity is the backbone for human existence. It is the driving force for innovation and change, from business strategy, to economic affairs, to social movements and politics. The ability to think outside of the square is one of the most powerful tools us humans can access, applicable to practically any industry or situation - but it’s not always recognised on the same level as more ‘traditional’ skills.
I’m sure that not many of us are stranger to the fact that New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD - twice the rate of the USA, and almost 5 times that of Britain. It’s so deeply upsetting that, in a country that prides itself on community and inclusivity, our young people feel so intensely out of place.
Creativity teaches a learning and thinking process that allows for deeper connection with ourselves, our peers and our community. If our young people don’t feel like they can express themselves, we need to teach them how - and what better way to do that than through the power of the arts.
In this little country of ours, to express how we feel is made out to be vulnerable, rather than a sign of strength and honesty. To be genuinely proud is, more often than not, mistaken as being selfish and self-centred. It’s heartbreaking - and nothing will change unless we take action and teach our children to create without limits, to be proud, and to stand up for what they believe in.
Let’s work together to equip the next generation of thinkers, innovators, creators and leaders with the tools they need to realise their purpose and place in this world. Together, I truly believe we have the power to make self-expression and creative freedom as politically and socially acceptable as other conventional skills.
Young people are the key to our future, and in this beautiful country at the bottom of the world, we foster an incredible amount of creative talent - so let’s show the world, each other, and ourselves, what we’re really made of.
Founder & CEO, Youth Arts New Zealand