Every donation, regardless of size, makes a difference and is much appreciated.
As an independent charitable trust with no ongoing central or local government funding, The Arts Centre relies upon donations, grants, sponsorships, bequests and goods-in-kind to keep up the momentum on the restoration project, as well as fund activities and programmes during the year.
The Arts Centre relies upon grants from several New Zealand trusts and foundations to help keep the doors open and activities underway, allowing The Arts Centre to connect with 650,000 people per year as they visit the site and enjoy both the heritage atmosphere and the many performances, children’s programmes and exhibitions on show.
The Arts Centre is an independent charitable organisation and the operational costs of keeping such a large site running are enormous.
We are very thankful for our current grant makers and encourage others to join them so that we can offer a wider variety of programmes and activities to the community throughout the year, offering something for everyone.
“Rātā Foundation has provided generous funding for the Rutherford’s Den Education Programme as part of the Te Ako (Learn), one of their five key community investment areas. This programme reaches 2,500 students aged 5-18 each year, providing unique and stimulating activities in a science museum set in a heritage environment. A new activity in 2019 was taking a roadshow out to schools who couldn’t visit The Arts Centre, allowing many more students to experience the wonders of science. Additionally, the foundation has also helped fund earthquake restoration at The Arts Centre via their Building Fund, providing grants towards the $10m Observatory Tower rebuild project. Thank you to Rātā Foundation for your support for The Arts Centre.”
Grants help us restore and reactivate The Arts Centre.