- Our vision is that every young person in Aotearoa has the opportunity to engage with a high-quality arts experience. Participating in the arts and having a shared positive experience contributes to the intergenerational well-being of young people, whānau and the local community.
Our vision is to continue to produce incredibly special experiences for young people, whānau, friends and the wider community.
Our vision is that our platforms help to break down perceived barriers between peers, and for students to feel supported by their community. This creates aroha in the audience, which is palpable, with audience members coming along to support "their" performer, but leaving the night having cheered on, celebrated and connected with all students onstage.
Rangatahi may represent 17% of the population but they are 100% of our future (MYD Youth Plan 20-22).
OUR STRATEGIC PLAN
Short term (0-3 years)
Our platforms have huge potential for transformational change and scale nationwide. Our key focus is to realise the potential within our existing suite of platforms and increase our reach with schools, students and audiences nationwide.
This can be achieved by growing our sustainable funding base (organisational funding, partnerships & funding for our Charitable Trusts) to keep up with rising event production costs; and implement initiatives to improve deliverables for a savvy, trend conscious and demanding audience.
Identifying and nurturing strategic partnerships is an immediate need and will allow our organisation to move into the much-needed next phase of sustainable scaled growth and long-term security. We are needing to build more capacity through increasing staffing, expanding regions and upskilling.
With partnership and funding support, we can further remove barriers to access our programmes for students and whānau and increase our positive impact.
Long term (3-10 years)
- Developing a fund to fully cover costs for disadvantaged students - travel, training, equipment
- Build and run a recording studio or develop a strategic alliance with an existing studio that aligns with our vision
- Seamless performing arts facilitation for schools
- Continue to identify and remove barriers for all students nationwide
- Support and facilitate dynamic pathways into sustainable careers (including the arts) for young people
We would love to discuss our big dreams with individuals and organisations that resonate with this kaupapa.
Being involved in RQP programmes has a wide range of benefits for rangatahi, schools, whānau and the wider community. We measure and report on these outcomes via school feedback, funding reporting, school case studies and stakeholder discussions.
- Student-led involvement - students are encouraged to take on leadership roles, plan and lead rehearsals and work collaboratively with their peers.
- Students have a platform to shine a light on what’s important to them - through songwriting, performance themes, filmmaking and photography
- Inclusive programme with roles for students in all areas - performers, musicians, planners/directors, backstage, lighting, costume/makeup, wearable art, photographers, filmmakers,writers and more.
- Senior students can gain NCEA credits across a range of subject areas (teachers provided with info and resources to assess)
- Supports emotional wellbeing - developing self-esteem and self-pride through performing onstage or sharing work
- Strengthens bonds with peers and feeling of belonging within a school community
- Enhances physical wellbeing - movement through dance and performance - which is a great alternative or accompaniment to traditional PE or sport
- Students are exposed to different cultures, viewpoints and ideas - helps to develop deeper understanding and empathy for others
- Receive recognition for success in the arts on a national scale
- School pride - successes are mana-enhancing and builds community within the school
- Teachers receive performance videos from Showquest events which can be used for NCEA assessment
- All event entrants receive written “feed-forward” from industry judges to support creative rangatahi
- Students have a creative and fun outlet within school - helps to keep ākonga engaged in their schooling
- Opportunities for students to develop as leaders and team players
- Develop relationships (and friendly rivalries) with neighbouring schools
- For events - lighting equipment, PA, venue, ticketing, judging, hosts, crew are all managed by RQP - schools that lack resources are provided with an equitable and accessible low-cost and high quality experience
- Schools that lack resources to deliver a varied arts curriculum are provided with multiple equitable and accessible options
For whānau and community
- Incredibly special experience to have whānau, friends and the wider community fill up local theaters and arenas in support of student's artistic expression
- Young people can use the stage or screen as their voice and share important messages to their whānau and community
- Sharing of creative expression and support from whānau promotes intergenerational well-being
- Deepens understanding of diversity within the community - cultures, identities and ideas
- Celebrates shared identity within local community - shared history, whakapapa and lived experiences