Kāpiti arts & Creative Industries
Kāpiti Arts & Creative Industries cluster group launched at the end of 2018 with more than 100 members signing up within 24 hours. There are now 535 Kāpiti based members, predominantly creative sole traders and some arts organisations.
Members support each other by sharing knowledge, advice, resources, success stories, providing feedback on new work and this has led to increased collaboration and trade within the group. The group is on a growth curve, strengthening its capability and resilience and developing projects to increase access and participation and benefit the creative industries sector, visitor attraction and wider economy.
Founded and facilitated by Jenna-Lea Philpott, musician and independent economic development practitioner, the group is the equivalent of a large employer, with significant uptake of local hospitality and professional services. It’s organic evolution will continue with the support of a charitable trust structure which is being progressed.
Kāpiti Creative Industries
Through workshops held in 2019, the group identified the following goals:
Kāpiti is recognised as a leading creative industries destination, enabling increased access and participation in creativity and supporting career pathways.
To support the delivery of the Vision, the group will focus on delivering increased connection, strengthening and developing creative practice and projects, and enabling enhanced access, participation and appreciation for creative skills.
Members support each other by sharing knowledge, advice, resources, success stories, providing feedback on new work and this has led to increased collaboration and trade within the group. Now known as Creative Kāpiti, the group is on a growth curve, strengthening its capability and resilience and developing projects to increase access and participation and benefit the creative industries sector, visitor attraction and wider economy. The first project to develop a regional online platform was funded by Creative New Zealand in July 2020.
The facilitation of the group will continue to focus on connecting creative members with each other as well as the wider community; strengthening awareness, resilience, capability and collaboration; developing increased access and participation, project opportunities and funding partners; enabling creative success that promotes the Kāpiti Coast as a leading creative visitor destination. A charitable trust structure is being progressed to provide formal governance oversight and deliver the group’s Vision.
1 . Strengthen and develop creative practice.
2. Increase sustainable income.
3. Diversify and increase audience share and demand.
To be a leading creative industries region where young people and emerging creative practitioners have increased ease of access to career development opportunities.
For example, the group is keen to see under 25 year olds and schools leavers engaged in creative skills programmes, to reduce the region’s higher than average NEET ranking (not in education, employment or training).
Skills programmes might include: Technical Skills for the Performing Arts (a recognised skill shortage in this $2.3 b industry).
Textiles training, in partnership with The Sewing Club, a private training provider in Paraparaumu.
Inter-active media skills (noting this is the highest paid creative industry on average).