Enriching arts & culture

Enriching our community by supporting arts and culture in Masterton has long been one of MTLT’s goals. While education is our main focus for grants, arts and culture stand alone as additional areas for allocating grants. 

We are proud to own the property that houses Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, having built the facility in 2002 to replace the Wairarapa Arts Centre.  Each year we make a concessional grant that means the rent it pays to the Trust is returned to Aratoi.

We also consider grant applications from Aratoi on a case-by-case basis for operating costs and exhibitions to enable locals and visitors to experience art and learn about our region’s cultural heritage.

Through our Community Grants programme we also help not-for-profit community groups deliver arts and cultural programmes to their communities.

A $10,000 MTLT grant funded a programme for more than 2,500 Wairarapa students at the Aratoi exhibition 'Te Marae o Rongotaketake: Redressing our Kahungunu History'.  Museum Educator, Diana Cruse, explains how the students connected with the history of whānau o te Wairarapa through the largest...Read more

Diana Cruse Museum Educator