CEO Creative Matters

Mandy Jakich

Mandy is the founder and CEO of Creative Matters. She has more than 30 years experience in teaching and art education and is a practising artist.

As parents, caregivers, grandparents and/or teachers we want the very best for our kids. Creative Matters is here to provide creative, educational opportunities to enrich the lives of our children. ​I founded Creative Matters in response to an increasing need and demand for rich, creative opportunities for children - both in and out of school - with a genuine belief in the value of creative experiences and the creative process.

I have taught in various capacities, at primary and intermediate schools across Auckland. I also worked for 4 years as an art educator at the Auckland Art Gallery - New Zealand's largest and finest gallery - where I designed and delivered visual arts programmes to primary, secondary and special needs children, as well as Professional Development courses for teachers.

To date we've taught more than 200 creative workshops, worked with more than 2000 children, teens and adults and over 200 teachers. We deliver our programmes in Auckland in schools, community venues, at Kohia Centre, University of Auckland and at Studio One Toi Tu.