Regional arts events co-ordinator wanted

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The Timaru Community Arts Council wants an arts events co-ordinator for the region.
The group suggested the appointment as part of a submission to the Timaru District Council’s annual plan consultation.
The council has said the suggestion will be included in its budget discussion in January.
Council secretary Jeanette Cooke said the group’s role was to promote the arts in all forms throughout the district.
‘‘It needs investment and commitment from council to bring more vibrancy and community participation to our town,’’ she said.
Last year, the Geraldine Resource Centre had the opportunity to appoint an events co-ordinator on a shortterm contract, resulting in many initiatives introduced, she said.
‘‘Our arts council can see great benefit for an events coordinator being appointed by the council to liaise throughout the district, bringing like groups together, including the youth sector,’’ Mrs Cooke said.
‘‘The role would also need to include promotional work and be an instigator for new ideas.’’
Community organisations including the Aigantighe Art Gallery, the drama league, South Canterbury Museum, library, schools and the polytechnic could all benefit from a co-ordinator, she said.
The region had many talented artists, performers and entertainers involved in putting on musical and cultural events, she said.
‘‘There are art groups, pottery, embroidery, metal workers, wood workers and weavers, to name just a few.
‘‘Timaru has diverse ethnic groups and given their indigenous art, a place would ensure them a voice and recognition of what they have to offer.’’
The group envisaged the Royal Arcade being the venue for art shows, live performances and mini workshops.
Mrs Cooke said volunteers did ‘‘wonderful’’ work throughout the region but it would be good to have someone working across all sectors of the arts.