CASP funding announced

Filed : Country Arts Support Program (CASP), Local and industry news .

Congratulations to the seven local groups who will share $17,458 in funding for small arts projects. Arts OutWest announces the successful projects in the Country Arts Support Program.

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) Central West Short Play Festival Residency Program
Cabonne Council Canowindra Skate Park Mural
City of Lithgow Council Salvaged Sounds
Forbes Business Chamber Girls Day Out
LiveBetter Community Services ( Ability Links Program) – Luminosity 2018 Orange Luminosity
Lower Lachlan Community Services Lake MurALL
Weddin Shire Council Weddin Workshop Month

Across the NSW Central West there was a strong demand for the NSW government’s annual grants program, with 11 community organisations requesting a total of $29,220 in funds. Applicants could apply for up to $3000, with any not-for-profit group eligible.

CASP is a key regional arts funding program for NSW which provides support to employ artists in locally initiated arts and cultural projects. The aim is to provide access to arts activities for regional communities, to encourage communities to work together on cultural projects, to foster cultural diversity in the region and to ensure that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.

Funded projects in 2018 will be spread across the region and include:
• Multiple workshops over four weekends in Grenfell for the month of July.
• A three part residency in Bathurst to develop one act plays across the Central West.
• Author event in Forbes with Moree-based Nicole Anderson.
• Mural and art making in Lake Cargelligo.
• Supporting the inclusive Luminosity workshop program in Orange.
• Young people in Canowindra working with a local artist to make public art at the skate park.
• Waste 2 Art focused music workshops and performances in Lithgow with local youth disability groups.

“These seven projects offer exciting opportunities to communities, arts makers and audiences in the region. They also provide employment opportunities to local artists and arts workers,” Arts OutWest Executive Director Tracey Callinan said.

Bringing these seven funded projects to life will be around 40 local volunteers contributing more than 600 volunteer hours. The projects will also make use of in-kind goods and services from local councils, businesses and community groups.

“There was such a great range of applications for 2018, the quality of applications coming from our region continues to get stronger each year, with many fantastic projects unable to be funded because the money only stretches so far,” Ms Callinan said. “For those projects that missed out on funding we’ll continue to talk with applicants about other ways Arts OutWest can support them to make their ideas a reality,” Ms Callinan said.

Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program is a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local regional arts organisations on behalf of the NSW Government. Applications are assessed locally by a panel.

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