About our organisation

Central Otago District Arts Trust

The Central Otago District Arts Trust (CODAT) was founded in 2009 to implement the Arts Strategy. The Arts Strategy is a document created following discussions facilitated by Central Otago District Council, Central Otago artists and representatives across art genres living in the region.  These groups looked at ways of further developing the arts of Central Otago, and the formation of CODAT is the result. CODAT is a Charitable Trust, funded by Council which supports local artists and the arts.

The CODAT Board of Trustees meets monthly and brings a wide range of attributes and skills to their role of governance. The trustees are committed to promoting the arts to art-lovers, the general public and visitors; to cultivating emerging and established artists, and to developing a diverse, creative community with an easily accessible on-line presence.

Rebekah de Jong is the arts coordinator employed by CODAT to follow through the objectives outlined in the ‘Arts Strategy’. Her role is to communicate and network with all artists and arts groups in Central Otago to work toward better representation and greater opportunities.