The concept of Winter School is simply ‘Knowledge Sharing’.
This is the seventh year Winter School has been organised by the Arts Council with a break last year due to COVID. It was inspired by Elisabeth Frankish in 2013, who had previously organised Summer and Winter School knowledge swap workshops in Karamea.
In April each year, we advertise for volunteers who would like to run workshops. We compile that into brochures and aim to spread these around the community during May in time for people to plan to get to workshops all throughout June.
Winter School is facilitated by the Arts Council but relies on individuals volunteering their time to tutor.
Many are at beginner or introductory level. Some are held more than once in June, and some may lead on to more permanent groups forming in the future. We aim for most workshops to be free, or a cost for materials only.
We apply to Buller Creative Communities for funding to pay for venue hire. This means tutors can concentrate on taking workshops and we can often take care of the rest. We want Winter School tutors to be able to share workshops with minimal cost to you, the participants.
In 2017 the Karamea Community Arts Council won the Arts & Culture section of the Trustpower Volunteer Awards. This was achieved by dedicated volunteers and with the awesome support of our community.
Winter School has certainly grown since it started. The Arts Council would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has tutored or participated in workshops, and helped in any way to make June and beyond, a vibrant time and promotes the concept of ‘Knowledge Sharing’ in Karamea.
Knowledge Sharing workshops mean people volunteer to teach a skill for free to anyone interested in the community. Over the years the number of workshops has steadily increased as people realise how the concept works. The positive flow-on effect of sharing skills and meeting new people during the middle of Winter has been invaluable.
And we sincerely believe in .“Do what you can, with what you have” (it’s usually enough).
This is only possible with community support so we always try to support and acknowledge everyone who has given time and energy.
At the end of the month it's great to celebrate all your achievements with a gathering such as Pudding Club where people might like to bring along something they’ve made during Winter School.
Do you have a skill you would like to share with the community?
The Arts Council Winter School is on in June and we are preparing our brochure of workshops.
If you’d like to be involved in running a workshop, we can help with organising venues and advertising.
We are also calling for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.
Please phone Chairperson Kathy Ramsay 7826 808, or email karameaartscouncilyahoo [dot] com as soon as possible but no later than Friday April 16th.