Free Public Lecture Series

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.

The recording of Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed in Wellington (April 21st, 2021) is available to watch online here:

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The Centre for Arts and Social Transformation released its first report on the state of creativity in New Zealand Schools titled “Replanting Creativity during post-normal times” in October 2020, followed by the first Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed public lecture which was hosted by the University of Auckland on November 4th, 2020.

Here are some highlights from the first public lecture:

Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed Public Lecture series is supported by the following organisations:

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Auckland
  • New Zealand Principals’ Federation
  • NZEI Te Riu Roa
  • The Chartwell Trust
  • Arts Access Aotearoa
  • Creative New Zealand
  • New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO
  • Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi
  • The Sir John Kirwan Foundation
  • Dance Subject Association of New Zealand
  • Drama New Zealand
  • Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa
  • The Big Idea
  • New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association
  • World Creativity and Innovation Week
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