Our National winner 2011 is Ripeka Te Teira from Paeroa Children's Art House and Paeroa Central School
The New Zealand Children"s Art House Foundation Trust was established in 1999 to assist the establishment and development of Children's Art Houses within the communities of New Zealand. NZCAHFT believes it is a fundamental right and necessity for children to explore their creativity within safe, valued community projects
What would you think about a club where the only rules are "to love art and to be kind to each other?" Where everyone must follow these rules, including teachers and parents! These are the rules of the New Zealand Children's Art Houses
Our New Zealand Children's Art Clubs in their Houses work after school hours providing art club facilities centered around the individual artistic experience of children and work closely with schools in school time providing art extension opportunities. Each Children's Art House is a busy contributor to its community and region and the exhibitions and projects which are operating throughout New Zealand are inspirational and as varied as the Children's Art Clubs themselves.
Our NZ Children's Art Clubs daily prosper the healthy mind, healthy body attitudes within their facilities and the art work coming from the Children's Art Clubs shows great respect and empathy for these attitudes.
The New Zealand Children's Art House Foundation is delighted with the opportunity to work together in their Children's Art Clubs and with local Schools preparing for the International Child Art Foundations 5th World Children's Art Olympiad modeling the theme of A Healthy Mind in A Healthy Body.
We look forward to making a wonderful contribution to the 2015 event in Washington D.C. USA.
We encourage all Children's Art Clubs to use the ICAF theme plans remembering that the guidelines for schools are just guidelines and that the child's own creative ideas and effort is the best place to start.
Each successive Child Arts Olympiad has exhibited fresh and innovative works from around the world and provided us all with inspiration and encouragement.
It is ten years since the death of Melis van Der Sluis who wrote our hundred year vision plan and encouraged us to think globally about establishing Children's Art Houses in every community It is a pleasure to welcome new art clubs joining our network around the country and it is a pleasure to see the opening of the Art House at the Sport House on the Gold Coast of Australia headed by Linda and Cheryl Iverson . This landmark achievement has been a long time dream which has become a reality. We look forward to networking with them all and congratulate them on these significant achievements.
I would like to thank everyone who have sent messages to me following the Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year 2014 Award and to thank each club for their wonderful work for the children's art in our communities.
We are all moving our dream of building a creative nation from the children up forward into reality and it is marvelous to see across the nation and world. Well done everyone,
Creative Children ensure Creative Communities.
Best wishes to everyone for the events, exhibitions, and festivals which are planned across the nation in your studios and galleries, and a very happy 2014 to all