Lets make a plan

Let’s make a plan

A cliché is a well-worn phrase, this is one of my favourites.

“Failing to plan is a plan for failure.” I have referred to this cliché with many of my students and also have endeavoured to try and implement it myself.

Arts Murihiku’s next big project is to work with our community to develop a Regional Arts Strategy. This will cover Southland, Wakatipu basin and West Otago- that of the Community Trust of Southland.

A strategic plan is a flash word for a plan that requires vision, direction, a timeframe,action points and a lot of hard work. It is not something that once done sits on a shelf to be reviewed in 5 years’ time.

I liken it to a house plan. You have the overall vision and design, work on it step by step, constantly refering back to it to make sure you are on the right track. Sometimes you might need to tweak it to improve the plan as things arise that hadn’t been foreseen. Once it is finished, everything is checked to make sure that it has met all the requirements. Then you look at making another plan. I believe you should be constantly improving your plan.

We appreciate that developing a Regional Arts Strategy is a huge task and will require time, effort, community engagement, lots of talking, working with local councils, funders and other organisations.

Initially we need to look at the lie of the land. What already exists in terms of strategic plans with an arts focus in various organisations. We will then look at the overall themes that come through.

We also need to look at Regional Arts strategies from other areas. I know that Creative Waikato and Creative Northland are working through this process at present so you can be assured that we will be linking up with them and learning from their process. We also know that Dunedin has an Arts strategy, as does Central Otago.

Arts Muruihiku’s vision is that “Arts are an integral part of our Murihiku/ Southland community.” We hope that this is a vision that other people share. What will it look like?

Will there be advocating for the inclusion of more public art within our community long-term plans? Should Arts Murihiku continue in it’s role as an advocator for the arts with support not only from Creative New Zealand and Community Trust of Southland but also other providers? Should we be advocating for all young people to have an active and rich arts education to help them grow as people and develop their overall health, well-being and creativity?  I think so.

Murihiku/Southland is as we all know a very special place on the edge of the world. Wide- open spaces, creative and hospitable people. Rugged and raw environments that inspire and challenge us. This is a land of opportunity. A place where you can give things a go with hopefully not too much money and risk.

A prime example of the magical things that can happen in the South is “Cahoots”- the brain child of local creative- Lou Evans of Lemon Creative fame and Arts Murihiku team member. She will hate me for doing this, but she is just one of the many interesting creatives that have arrived back to the Deep South making Epic S*%!!

Cahoots is a co-working space, with a New York vibe on Tay St, above Ivan Bullings. Thanks to a lot of hard work and support from the Bulling family, Resenes, Zookeepers and lots of friends this has happened.

Anything is possible in the South when you have a vision and a plan.