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Kakano Youth Arts Collective

Kakano Youth Arts Collective needs YOU!

Vote for Corban Estate Arts Centre and Kakano Youth Arts Collective in the finals of the Million Dollar Mission


All you need to do is vote for Corban Estate Arts Centre online at www.milliondollarmission.co.nz. Each vote raises $5, helping us support more young people as part of this acclaimed youth arts project.

You can vote daily from 1 March.

Thanks for your support!


What is Kakano?


Kakano Youth Arts Collective is a unique visual arts programme, a project of Corban Estate Arts Centre in West Auckland. The Collective developed as a pilot programme in 2013 in response to the needs of some of the most vulnerable young people in West Auckland. Since then it has grown to be a hugely successful initiative, and is changing the lives of many young people.

Young participants in the Collective meet weekly to develop their studio practice, their confidence and their self-worth. Each is given a taste of many different mediums in order to discover what works best for them. In the Collective, there are painters, printmakers, carvers and photographers. Most exciting is that fact that our older members are being supported to transition into tertiary study, moving into studying Art and Design at Unitec. We currently have two of our boys there studying the Certificate of Visual Arts, with more of our students heading into the Foundation Studies in June 2017. All of these young people have been out of mainstream education for many years. Once enrolled at Unitec, Kakano supports them fully with every aspect of their studies, to ensure their on-going success.

Some of our Kakano participants are also talented up and coming young aerosol artists. They may have started out being notorious taggers, however through a partnership project with Auckland Council and Unitec in 2014, our young people were given the opportunity to develop their talents out in the world, initially with the support of professional graffiti artists from the renowned TMD crew. This initial mentoring enabled our top painters to learn from the best, and really hone their skills. Now some of our youth are leading their own mural projects, and are being invited to mentor other younger artists. It is notable that a few years ago, Henderson was the most tagged suburb in the whole of Auckland. However, Auckland Council has reported that tagging in Henderson has decreased by 60% over the past three of years.

Kakano has painted numerous murals around West Auckland, working with Auckland Council, Henderson Library, Hapori te Hauora, Westfield Westcity, Sport Waitakere and Unitec. We are also involved in a pop up gallery series in some of the empty shops in Henderson, where their work is currently being exhibited. They are getting opportunities to shine, and actively participate in our wider community. You can see their work all over Henderson! The artwork continues to get stronger as our young artists just get better and better. We are grateful that the Henderson Massey Local Board has been a consistent supporter.

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Why do we need your support now?


Kakano runs on the smell of an oily rag, and is challenged to find sufficient funding to support the number of young people involved. Every week we receive requests from agencies for more young people to join the Kakano whanau, but we are almost full to the brim. We desperately need more funding so we can employ more specialist tutors to enable us to offer opportunities to a wider group of young people. Kakano groups are now being run three days a week, including a day when new arrivals can participate. When they first arrive, newcomers to the programme may be hesitant. However we observe that once they settle into their routine at Kakano, the young people become motivated, grow in confidence, develop focus and increase their self-discipline. From seeing the positive results the programme achieves, we do not like to turn young people away from participating. We want to be able to offer any vulnerable young person who could benefit from what Kakano has to offer, the opportunity to realise their potential and become a productive contributing member of our community.

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How can you help?


Vote! Our project is very fortunate to be selected as a finalist for The Trusts Million Dollar Mission. This funding initiative is based on a voting system. The more votes our project gets, the more funding we receive. Each time anyone votes for us, we receive $5 of funding. Voting opens on March 1, and you can vote daily. Encourage your family, friends, neighbours and even strangers at the bus stop to vote for us! All anyone needs to do is visit www.milliondollarmission.co.nz and select Corban Estate Arts Centre. Your votes will help support young West Aucklanders to move their lives in positive new directions. In anticipation, thank you for your willing support!


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