Art ACTion is an arts-access and participation program based on the work of DreamYard in the Bronx, New York. Our projects have included work with the Auckland International Arts Festival, led by honorary Ngā Rangatahi Toa artist-mentor, the Black Panther Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas. Emory worked with our young people to create a mural which was gifted to the people of Mangere. We have also celebrated Matariki in exhibitions throughout Auckland, and explored the cultural history of Auckland through the arts.
Young people in alternative education in South Auckland work alongside artist-mentors to explore themes co-created with rangatahi, and based on societal issues with a focus on creating positive whanau and peer relationships. There is a focus on connecting with relevant cultural and creative organisations or individuals in Auckland through site visits, and guest presentations. Artist-mentors then guide rangatahi through a process of personal creative response, developing artistic voice, artistic skills and works in response to the theme. Creative arts workshops are held to process this new knowledge, and exhibitions and performances give rangatahi an opportunity to celebrate and share their new understandings and learnings.