Youth Arts New Zealand

Youth Arts New Zealand (YANZ) is Aotearoa’s leading youth-led organisation generating equitable opportunities for rangatahi to explore creativity, both as a career and as a means of self expression. Our vision is for an Aotearoa where every young New Zealander knows the worth of their creative identity.
We run initiatives that range from Te Kāhui - our creative writing programme for rangatahi in Corrections and other under-resourced youth communities - to paid creative mahi opportunities, development/educational programmes and community internships. Since our founding in 2018, our youth-led team have run 250+ impactful events and projects, facilitated creative experiences for over 500 rangatahi across Aotearoa, and distributed over $230,000 in artist fees to young creatives through our initiatives.