MIX’s 2018 project of Pimp my Jacket was recognised by Arts Access Aotearoa in receiving a finalist certificate for the Creative New Zealand Community Arts Award 2019.

Pimp My Jacket (PMJ) was a Hutt Valley based Wearable Arts Competition celebrating creativity as a tool for improving wellbeing and connecting people. The project resulted in a runway event in front of 300 people at the Opening Night of the Hutt Winter Festival in front

The aims of PMJ was to show that art is open to all, at any age and from any background and to raise awareness of the power of creativity as a tool for fostering wellbeing and connecting people. Which it did: the project received 92 entries from across New Zealand.

Ginny Andersen MP submitted a jacket. Reflecting on the event, Ginny says: “The event did a lot to raise the profile of art and creativity in the Hutt Valley. Even more heartening was that it brought together people who do not always have easy access to the arts and fostered their mental wellbeing though creativity and community involvement.”

Thank you, Arts Access Aotearoa for recognising our achievements. We look forward to hearing from the winners of the award to gain more inspiration!

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