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Creativity: The possibilities of hope

Wednesday 27 May 2015, 6pm - 7pm


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Can creativity make a difference in people’s lives?

Hear Curt L. Tofteland, founder of Shakespeare Behind Bars, discuss the creative process and the power of art to heal and redeem, in a place where the very act of participation in theatre is a human triumph and a means of personal liberation. Curt will illustrate the way in which creativity provides hope and courage to act, despite prisoners’ fears and the odds against them.  He will also explore the relationship between creativity, empathy and trust.

Shakespeare Behind Bars is an internationally acclaimed personal transformation programme which combines art, theatre and the works of William Shakespeare to create Restorative Circles of Reconciliation in prisons. The programme is the subject of Philomath Films’ award-winning documentary which began its life at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and travelled to more than forty film festivals around the world, winning eleven awards.

Curt L. Tofteland – find out more

Curt is talking to audiences around New Zealand as a Creative Fellow of The Creative Thinking Project. Based at the University of Auckland, the initiative promotes creativity for community well-being and development.

The Creative Thinking Project – find out more

Listen to the interview with Curt Tofteland on Radio NZ’s ‘Sunday Morning’ Programme 24 May

To register, send us an email using the ‘Book now’ button or phone the office on (04) 381-7051.

The lecture is supported by: Creative Thinking Project University of Auckland, Friends of Te Papa, Embassy of the United States of America, Arts Access Aotearoa, The Chartwell Trust, The Fernyhough Visual Arts and Education Trust

Free to attend. An RSVP is required.

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