Forging an Arts Career: Molly-Rose Chetwin-Kelly

Pitopito Kōrero


October 7, 2020



Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu
Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar - Ngati Kahungunu

Toi Whakaari students take many different creative pathways after they graduate and we wanted a space to celebrate these rich, varied and sometimes unexpected arts careers. Our first article is written by Molly Rose.

Molly-Rose Chetwin-Kelly, 2018 Toi Whakaari Bachelor of Performing Arts (Arts Management) graduate
Primary School Teacher

Since leaving Toi Whakaari in 2018 I have decided to take a completely different pathway and have just graduated from the New Zealand Graduate School of Education with a post graduate degree in Primary Education. This is one of the top teacher education facilities in New Zealand and it is my first step to becoming an arts educator within New Zealand primary schools. I am now working at primary school as a new entrant teacher while developing the arts programme sat the school.

Although it is not a glamorous job in the arts industry, it is also a very important role to educate our tamariki in the arts and provide a platform for our teina to learn about what the arts can provide us and how it can enhance our look on the world around us as well as the way we think. It is so important that we celebrate and teach about the arts. 

I would not have made this decision if it was not for my time at Toi Whakaari and my internship with Two Productions in my final year where I worked on an ensemble piece with ages from 6-20 and found my love for working with children and combining my love for the arts. 

So I wanted to say a big thank you to Toi for allowing me to explore all options and facets of the arts. I am proud to have just begun on my next journey towards education within the arts. 


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