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Musician Amy Wang will be performing at the East Auckland Youth Centre on June 18 (11am-1pm). The project is funded by Arts Out East.

Arts Out East (AOE) is a Howick Local Board-funded initiative that supports and helps creative artists in the local communities to produce and promote arts and culture events and projects.

Slanted as the first of its kind in east Auckland, AOE offers artists of all forms – from photographers to comedians – opportunities to showcase their talents, organise projects and develop experiences for participation and creativity.

AOE broker Briana Wolliams helps the artists make connections with organisations and businesses – “I do all the stuff before it (project) gets funded that helps them along the way” – and fellow broker Ashley Grogan manages and supports the artists with their projects if it gets funded to help deliver it successfully.

“We meet with creatives and say, ‘What is it you want to do in east Auckland?'” Wolliams says. “We figure out how to make it happen. It’s our funding that we give to them (for projects).”

The creatives manage the project, Grogan says. “We’re just that support system for them and help them connect with other creatives and businesses to make the project more viable.”

Past projects that have been funded by AOE include local artist Wendy Hannah’s Camellia Project, the Knitted Christmas Tree, and NZ Love Dance: Dragon Boat Festival.
Recent projects include Amy Wang’s singing performances and mother-and-daughter team Megan and Greta Umbers’ ‘Drawing and Listening’ sessions.

Supported by Te Tuhi and Howick Local Board, AOE’s funding rounds fall in Auckland Council’s financial year from July until June of next year.

“In this current financial year we’ve had 14 projects that have been completed or about to be completed,” Wolliams says.

“But (in total) our network of artists is about 50.”

AOE also plugs local organisations and venues for hire.

If you work, play or live in the Howick Ward and want more information, visit www.artsouteast.org.nz. Their social media has up-to-date on their projects and artists.

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