A forced marriage between Tauranga arts and heritage communities is to be tried as part of a rev-up of the stalled Smart Arts Strategy – the sub regional arts and culture strategy.
Tauranga City Art Gallery.
Councillors agreed to the ‘360 degree’ review of the smart arts strategy, and supported Murray Guy’s amendment that the city’s heritage groups be included in the strategy review at a strategy and policy committee meeting this week.
Councillors supported the amendment stating that there are synergies between the arts and heritage groups.
The council controlled organisation Creative Tauranga has been tasked with implementing the strategy.
The Smart Arts strategy was established in 2006 and was reviewed in 2008 and 2010, followed by a workshop session this year.
While aspects of the strategy have been worked on from time to time, other projects like the Hairy Maclary sculptures have arisen to take up staff time.
Mayor Stuart Crosby stated in the meeting the development by bureaucrats of an arts and culture strategy requires dealing with artists, who will do things in their own way.
The city’s arts sector is constantly changing, says Stuart.
The development of an arts and culture strategy is an action identified in the SmartGrowth strategy and Tauranga tomorrow.