The Centre for Arts and Social Transformation held the second free public lecture – Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed on the role and place of the arts in education at the National Library Wellington on Wednesday, April 21st from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.
The lecture opened with the findings of a study into the state of creativity in New Zealand schools presented by Professor Peter O’Connor, Director of the Centre. The research paints a compelling picture of the state of New Zealand schools’ creativity.
A panel spoke to the importance of the arts in school and everyday life and the role that schools can play in fostering the arts and creativity. Speakers on the panel included Perry Rush, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation; Liam Rutherford, President of NZEI; Pauline Cleaver, Associate Deputy Secretary – Curriculum, Pathways & Progress, Ministry of Education; Dagmar Dyck, a New Zealand artist of Tongan and German descent, Senior Leader, Art Teacher and Inquiry Lead Teacher at Sylvia Park School; and Huia O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa.