For young people aged 17-24(ish)
Fun, Mindfulness, Connection, Arts, Inspiration
Come to chill out, meet cool people, and explore the creative skills and passions you might not have known you had! A supportive community of friendly, open-minded people from all walks of life, who love getting together to make cool stuff happen. We meet regularly on Thursday afternoons for a facilitated arts and personal development group, and also run youth-led groups, community projects and intensives.
***THIS CLASS IS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***
Peer-led creative writing group for young people. Come and drop words and biscuit crumbs all over your notebook.
When: Mondays 1-2pm
Where: Toi Ora Studio, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn
First session of Term 2 is Monday 1st May, but you can jump in at any time.
We run training for arts, youth, health, community and education practitioners sharing best practice and innovation in using creativity as a tool for engagement, learning, promoting health, wellbeing and community development outcomes.
You can also contract us to deliver training for or in collaboration with you.
We are launching a new series of monthly ‘Creative Conversations’ in June 2016, with our partners Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and University of Auckland with a focus on current developments and thinking in arts and health – here and overseas.
To find out more about the Professional Development Programme, contact Amber Walls: firstname.lastname@example.org
We work with schools and alternative education providers. Some examples include:
Humans of Hendo is a youth-led creative project that connects young people with their community through photography and arts. The project engages young people in personal development, offers new skills and creates a platform for to have a positive public voice. Up-skilled and armed with cameras, they spend time with people from their community from all walks of life. During their interaction they talk with their ‘subjects’ learning about not only who they are, but how they experience life in their community. They capture and document this with their camera, and through written and digital art-forms that will accompany the final works.
The project will be continuing in 2016 with students from 2015 coming back to support and mentor new students in the project. In addition, a leadership programme for those returning students has been developed to further develop their skills through a self-selected project. They will be supported to plan, lead, implement, and prepare the project for the final exhibition and book. The final works are then exhibited in a local Henderson-based space (e.g. Henderson Library), online via Facebook and the Humans of Hendo website, and also in a published book.
The West Auckland Resilience Project is working with a group of young people from West Auckland who are either in Alternative Education already, or have been identified through the Youth at Risk Network and are yet to be re-engaged in education. All of them have been on a rough road to get where they are today, and through the programme we’re aiming to help provide them with some skills and knowledge that will help them be more resilient and navigate a more positive pathway back into education and achievement. They’ll be working on creative projects led by inspirational artists and youth workers.
As well as working with these young people our team will be working with the adults that work and engage with them, because a truly resilient person has a great team of people around them supporting them as well and we want to help build that. So we’ll be working with alternative education tutors, police, CYFS, health workers and families. By the end of the programme we’re aiming for a group of kids that feel much more capable of facing and working through the challenges they will inevitably face.
We work in partnership with a range of organisations, using creative activities and processes to deepen engagement, build connections, reinforce learnings and cover everything in glitter. Some examples of partnerships so far have included:
In June 2016 we collaborated with a group of young people from the Express Yourself Young Adults programme to bring together a week of creative goodness at Toi Ora.
Throughout the week we exhibited artwork by three talented young artists from the Toi Ora community: Joshua Rainbow, Jessica Veralee, and Marie Cook, along with photographs from the 'Humans of Hendo' project with youth from alternative education in West Auckland, and a mass participation box art installation.
We kicked off the week with an exhibition opening, where we had performances by young spoken word artists, musicians, break-dancers and circus performers.
We also ran three inspiring youth-led workshops throughout the week in song-writing, stencil art, and theatre.