JMC Arts Update for the End of Term One

Thursday 7th April 2022

Arts competitions, clubs, and events/ reminders, a new initiative - the M.O.A project, Ōtepoti Theatre Lab holiday programme, & photography feature!

Jazz band rehearsal 01/02/22
Jazz band rehearsal 01/02/22

Kia ora koutou katoa,

An arts update for you all before the end of term 1! Omicron has continued to be disruptive and difficult for everyone, but it is important to remember to be kind to yourself and each other during these times whether sick or not (we’re all muddling through). It’s often that we lean on the arts to comfort us, whether through consumption or creation. I hope you are all getting relief somehow (tv show, film, writing, reading, drawing, painting, etc.) or this is your reminder that the arts are there for you!

Arts activities in mind, there is a means available to channel your creative energy- the JMC Arts Logo Design Competition! This competition has been open for a couple of weeks and entries are gently tricking in, but we’d love some more. We’ve extended the closing date to the end of the first week of term 2- May 6, so get designing over the school holidays and be in to win a $20 canteen voucher when you’re back! The poster below has more details.

JMC Arts Logo Design Competition Poster — Image by: Reva Grills

A reminder that the JMC Film Club is starting up next term and you don’t want to miss out! We’ve struck an awesome discounted deal with a great selection of films at Rialto Cinema that will be a fortnightly surprise throughout the term. This club is a great option for those looking for a cultural service to be committed to in the school- movies are for anyone and everyone! Click the link for more info and to sign up:

JMC Film Club Poster — Image by: Reva Grills
JMC Choir Poster  — Image by: Reva Grills
JMC Jazz Band Poster — Image by: Reva Grills

The M.O.A Project 

The arts industry is suffering particularly severe repercussions from this pandemic with its primary source of income (live performance) almost virtually eradicated with little compensation. Naturally, our performing arts culture here at school has also been massively impacted with many clubs and groups mahi majorly restricted and uncertain performance possibilities. With the arts in such a precarious position, my colleagues and I have been stewing on ideas of what we can do. We have come up with a project called Messages of Aroha (the M.O.A project). Below is a link to a form for you and your family members to fill out with a message of love and support to our local community artists- letting them know why they are important. These messages will be compiled into a booklet and given to local industry creatives as a koha to remind them that what they do is important, has an impact, and will be supported. This form has been distributed region-wide. Stay tuned for more info about other future legs for this project!

Link to form:

Check out this link for more info:

M.O.A logo — Image by: Reva Grills

Artist Advice Ōtepoti Feature

The DCC's new initiative Artist Advice Ōtepoti (AAŌ) is looking to feature 12 young and local artists' work on their new online hub.

The feature will be a full-screen image of the work on the landing page set to change every month. The image could be anything from a digital illustration, a photograph of a painting or a sculpture or a photographic work... most ideas and concepts are welcome!

Successful applicants will receive a payment of $300.

Submissions close on April 14.

Click the link for the submission form at the bottom:

Ōtepoti Theatre Lab School Holiday Programme

INTERACTIVE THEATRE MAKING FOR YOUTH // Ōtepoti Theatre Lab are popping up at Otago Museum for the April school holidays! These popular workshops are a great way for young people to flex their theatrical muscles. In this session, Museum galleries, including Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators will provide dramatic inspiration! Piece together the life and death of your favourite prehistoric creature in this interactive workshop led by Shaun Swain. Shaun is a talented actor, writer, and director, who has vast theatre experience. With a focus on collaborative creation and physicality, you’ll work to embody animals featured in the Sea Monsters exhibition.

10am – 12.30pm, Tuesday 19 April
Open to 12 – 16 year-olds
Meet in the Barclay Theatre
$5 | spaces limited – bookings essential

Entry to Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators exhibition is included in the ticket price!
Masks must be worn throughout the workshop.

Click links to book:

This newsletter's photography feature: 

Joe's photo — Image by: Reva Grills
Sam's photo — Image by: Reva Grills
Fynn's photo — Image by: Reva Grills

All the best for the term 1 holidays, rest up, and we'll see you next term!