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The tools: stuff to help you advocate

This page has a range of digital and print tools to inspire and support your advocacy work in increasing access to the arts.  

Media tips from Thane Pullan

Thane Pullan"Be outrageous if you can. Being outrageous grabs people attention. It doesn't have to be with words. I had a Mohawk at one stage. I am naturally provocative but being intentionally provocative can be a good way to say 'Here I am, deal with it'. Thane Pullan, an Arts Access Advocate, software developer, author and stand-up comedian, provides some advice for disabled artists seeking media coverage – and advice for journalists interviewing disabled artists. Read Thane's blog "We're just regular folks"


As Love Draws Near

Executive, Asian, disabled, Down syndrome, dog, punk, thug, child … The core message of As Love Draws Near by Philip Patston is to encourage people to engage in social change, and for individuals to accept diversity and who we really are. We all have the opportunity to move from fear to love by removing the labels that tie us down. Words: Philip Patston Music: Arli Liberman Harp: Tony Lewis

Social media 

Juggling social media channels

Learn how to prioritise and keep on top of your social media activity in this recording of Creative New Zealand’s Optimise webinar “Managing Social Media in a Busy Arts Organisation” webinar, led by The Audience Connection’s Vicki Allpress Hill on 25 November 2015.

Drawing on her extensive experience managing social media with limited resources for arts organisations and major events in New Zealand and internationally, Vicki shares some of her tips and tricks for co-ordinating social media activity in a focused and effective way, including:
• Setting up “Channel Plans” for each social media channel you manage
• Creating and manage a social media posting calendar
• Utilising social media functionality to more easily monitor mentions and opportunities
• Creating and curating social media content

View the PowerPoint slides.

Making the most of Facebook

Imagine an audience of 2.4 million people. That’s how many New Zealanders were on Facebook in 2014. How do you grab their attention? Or better yet, how do you get started on Facebook? Making the most of Facebook: a guide for community arts organisations is a practical tool for non-profit organisations starting to use Facebook – or already on Facebook but wanting to build an audience. Prepared by Arts Access Aotearoa, this guide offers straightforward and practical tips on what to post on your Facebook page, and it gives ideas for content. You can also find the link to a useful online tool to make photo collages for your cover photo.

Download Making the most of Facebook (WORD)

Making the most of Facebook


Six ways to keep your website accessible

AccEase logoYou have built an accessible website. Everything is working well. Your task is finished. Unfortunately, it isn't. Over time, things change, tweaks are made, sites are refreshed, and new content and features are added. For example, the addition of video will require captioning and a site refresh should ensure adequate colour contrast.
A conscious effort has to be made to ensure there is no slippage from the original level of accessibility. Its a continuous process but doesn't need to be too hard or expensive.
AccEase specialises in web and information accessibility in the widest sense. Services include audits, training and accessibility and disability consulting. Read its list of six ways to keep your website accessible


Arts For All: a guide to increasing access

Cover of Arts For AllArts For All: Ngā toi mō te katoa is aimed at artists and arts marketers, performing arts companies, literary organisations, museums, galleries, festivals and venues - in fact, anyone in the arts and cultural sectors wanting to reach a wider and more diverse section of New Zealand society. There are eight chapters, including chapters on getting started; communications; museums and galleries; and live performance. Reflecting the opportunities offered by digital media to make the arts more accessible, there is a chapter on digital media. This includes a section on e-publishing. Along with snapshots of organisations, venues and arts projects, there are also mini profiles of disabled artists and arts enthusiasts at the beginning of each chapter. It was published by Arts Access Aotearoa in April 2014. 

For easy navigation, download the PDF. 

Arts For All

Arts For All accessible

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Access at The Court Theatre: The Christchurch company believes theatre should be accessible to everyone.

Universal access:
“I want to see events where everyone is able to attend, learn and contribute … and include people with disability as access consultants, focused on fixing our environment first,” says Sarah Houbolt, international circus and physical theatre performer, arts manager and diversity advocate, in a TEDx Talk.

Bravo, RNZ's Upbeat: Top marks to RNZ's Upbeat programme for this interview with Deaf filmmaker Jared Flitcroft who talks about his short film Tama, using New Zealand Sign Language. Watch the interview and then read more about Tama 

Relaxed music: This video about relaxed workshops and performances has audio description and is captioned.  Read more about the video

Access For All: This video about the importance of access to the arts has audio description and is captioned. Read more about the video 

Arts For All signed: This  New Zealand Sign Language video lets Deaf people know about some of the ways artists, performing arts companies, festivals, museums, galleries and venues can make the arts more accessible to Deaf people.

Love affair with ships: Robert Rapson’s love affair with ships was the inspiration for a short film by filmmaker Leonardo Guerchmann. Called Robert Rapson: Outsider Artist, it premiered at the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles 2015. Read more

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