The official website of educator & arts patron Jack C Richards

Current Scholarships and Grants 2017

  • Grant to support students at the Modern American English School in Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne New Zealand– sponsorship of 6 concerts featuring students from the New Zealand School of Music
  • Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne – grant for acquisition (Ruanuku award)
  • Toihoukura program in Contemporary Maori Arts, Gisborne – student scholarships
  • Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation – grant to support the Foundation’s support for emerging opera singers
  • RELC, SingaporeMs Shwe Yee Htoo, Myanmar and Mr Hazwan bin Hamdan, Malaysia, scholarships to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (blended version).
  • Support for musical development: piano students Leroy Ma (age 13), Sydney; and Lixin Zhang (age 15), Christchurch.
  • Support for university studies: Joshua Holmberg New Zealand; Lester Cajes Manila; John Yanson Manila.
  • Support for Ph.D studies: Christian Rudianto Indonesia.
  • Professional development grant: Tony Chen Lin (pianist), New Zealand/Germany and Frederick Jones (tenor), New Zealand/United Kingdom.
  • Sponsorship of websites for Jun Hong Lo (More Than Music) and Tony Chen Lin.
  • Dr Richards also provides ongoing sponsorship of The Gisborne International Music Competition.
  • Sponsorship of Calvin Abdiel and Leroy Ma (Sydney) to take part in the 11th International Competition for Young Pianists “Steps to Mastery” in St. Petersburg in June 2017.
  • Sponsorship of Lixin Zhang (Christchurch) to take masterclasses in piano at the Semaine International de piano et  musique du chambre, Blonay Switzerland, August 2017.

Toihoukura School of Contemporary Arts

ToihoukuraJack Richard’s home town of Gisborne, New Zealand, has a long tradition of excellence in Maori arts.

Many of the finest examples of carved and painted meeting houses (known as Marae) in New Zealand are located in the district, and the region is home to a number of nationally renowned Maori carvers, weavers, ceramists and specialists in other fields of Maori art.

The local Polytechnic in Gisborne has a school of contemporary Maori art, called Toihoukura. It offers a range of courses in contemporary Maori art and design. Tutors in the program are nationally recognized leaders in the field of contemporary Maori art.

In order to facilitate participation by Maori students in Toihoukura programs and to encourage the wider recognition of the quality of work produced by students in Toihoukura, Professor Richards offers annual scholarships to students in the program and sponsors special commissions and awards.