Country Arts Support Program 2018 announced

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Seven new arts projects funded across the Central West

Seven local groups will share $17,458 in funding for small arts projects.

Arts OutWest has announced the seven successful local projects in the 2018 round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP).

Across the NSW Central West there was again 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.

Luminosity project in Orange in 2017.

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 for 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.

Arts OutWest is the regional arts development organisation, servicing the 11 local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

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Projects funded in 2018 through the Country Arts Support Program: NSW Central West region

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)

Project: Central West Short Play Festival Residency Program             

Location: Regional

A three part residency in Bathurst to develop one act plays for up to 8 people from the Central West. Selected writers will receive training and mentorship to realise their one act plays throughout 2018, with local actors and directors publicly performing readings, rehearsed readings and a fully realised production. $2490

Forbes Business Chamber

Project: Girls Day Out                                                                                     

Location: Forbes

To invite author Nicole Anderson, a well known author from Moree. Nicole Anderson will deliver an evening talk at a local venue and conduct two workshops (book club members and schools) in March 2018.  The audience are local and regional community members, book clubs and schools from Forbes and surrounds. $738

Weddin Shire Council

Project: Weddin Workshop Month                                                                   

Location: Grenfell

Multiple workshops over 4 weekends in Grenfell for the month of July. One workshop held each day of the weekend. $2430

Lower Lachlan Community Services

Project: Lake MurALL                                                                                                                    

Location: Lake Cargelligo

Our organization is aiming to bring Sean Cassidy, respected local artist to the community, mentoring and work shopping with local artists (Aboriginal and non Aboriginal) painting murals on business house walls using a local artwork. This is part of a bigger mural project throughout the main street. $3000

LiveBetter Community Services (Ability Links Program) – Luminosity 2018 Planning

Project: Orange Luminosity                                                                                                       

Location: Orange

Orange Luminosity is an inclusive arts and education project which brings people of all abilities together through creative arts. Opportunities to share and develop skills, make new friends and work creatively will be provided through workshops in art, music and dance facilitated by talented and passionate local artists. $3000

Cabonne Council

Project: Canowindra Skate Park Mural                                                

Location: Canowindra

Young people from Canowindra High School in conjunction with a Community Artist to facilitate will paint an attractive mural on the wall of the skate park shelter located on the corner of Rodd St and Brown’s Avenue Canowindra in early 2018. $2800.

City of Lithgow Council

Project: Salvaged Sounds                                                                               

Location: Lithgow

Lithgow City Council will partner with Netwaste and artists from Central West region to deliver music workshops and performances with local youth disability groups. Workshops will focus on making musical instruments using waste materials and choreographing performances for the local and regional Waste 2 Art opening events. $3000

  Pictured (cover image and this page): Luminosity Orange 2017



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