The Australian Government will support 46 recipients across Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia who will receive a share in more than $668,000 for artistic and professional development activities through the Regional Arts Fund.
The funding will help the successful organisations and individuals develop new works and performances, and create opportunities to engage local communities.
Successful projects span the visual arts, dance, music and digital media. They include:
$30,000 for Crossroad Arts Inc (Mackay, Queensland)—to deliver C.R.U.S.H, a three day workshop in contemporary movement, performance and theatre-making for people with and without disability
$11,676 for the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment Association (Penneshaw, South Australia)—to allow Culture for Recovery to bring Ngarrindjeri/Ramindjeri/Narungga artist Cedric Varcoe to Kangaroo Island to connect and create with the bushfire-affected community
$10,000 for Cheryl Anne Rose (Montello, Tasmania)—to undertake a community capacity building project to build the skills of Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples living in the northwest of Tasmania to tell their stories through the visual arts
$15,000 for Arena Theatre Company (Bendigo, Victoria)—to provide a mentoring program for women aged 14 to 62 from the local South Sudanese community to assist them to develop an original theatre production that shares their culture and experiences as recently arrived refugees
$28,934 for the Albany Choral Society (Albany, Western Australia)—to stage a performance of La traviata which will bring together international, national, and local artists and community participation to perform the opera as part of the Albany Entertainment Centre's 10th anniversary season.
Each year the Australian Government provides around $3.5 million through the Regional Arts Fund, which is delivered by Regional Arts Australia through organisations in each state and territory.