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        From the National Directors Desk

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.

It is fifteen 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

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.
Shona Hammond Boys
National Director

New Zealand Children's Art House Foundation.

Pirimis Homework


                                      Dreaming The Future Differently-
                                                Engaging the Young.


Youth are at the cross roads in vast world wide changes.
World wide youth are expressing concern and fatigue within their communities because they have no voice. 

Youth are the supreme innovators and our best force forward.

Youth appreciate that the Arts are the super communication channels through which we navigate our understanding of self and others.

Youth are the info tech visual generation and bring about new understandings of humanity. 

Youth can cope with the increasing cross cultural exchanges and the assimilation of knowledge exchange, and appreciate the challenging role of keeping the arts umbrella open and the arts role in providing a balance in the complex arena of swift rapid and permanent change.

Youth network diversely and use the arts as signposts recognising the changes and protesting or supporting them.

Youth appreciate that art gives the body soul and that artists will lead the solution finding necessary to address the complexities of our future.

Youth seek harmony and peaceful diversity, and contented lives which are creative.

Youth understand that imagination is more important than knowledge, that curiosity magic and wonder and surprise are vital ingredients to the creative search for skill and for self identity ongoingly throughout life.


·         Inclusion in decision making

·         Listening and engaging youth participation as paramount to community development.

·         Using youths skills and innovations and actioning their dreams. Providing the necessary and wide-ranging community training and facilities.

·         Acknowledgement of youth as leaders

·         Youths equal presence at meetings and decision making

·         Actioning youths plans and believing in them as our best place of investment.

·         Provision of facilities.

Creative children ensure creative communities.

Creative fitness of youth is a priority. Buildings and centres which are permanently supplied and valued by the community for youth, enhance the communities chances of that community achieving vibrant peace.

A statement by Shona Hammond Boys QSM

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Essays by Shona Hammond Boys QSM

Art Therapy

Harvesting Our Talents

and from Ted Talks

'How schools kill creativity" a must see

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