CASP 2014 announced

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Country Arts Support Program 2014: 13 new arts projects funded across the Central West.

The NSW government has announced $18,941 in small projects funding to the Central West region through the Country Arts Support Program (CASP).

Across the Central West region there were 21 applicants requesting around $42,000 in funds from the 2014 program – double the number of applicants and nearly twice the funds requested by the community last year.

13 applications from the Central West region were successful in the 2014 round, with projects spread across the region.

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 small 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.

Projects to be funded include:
• Public art activities in Bathurst and Carcoar
• Community music making workshops and performances in Canowindra, Forbes, Bathurst and Orange
• Artistic workshops in quilting (Quandialla), sculpture welding (Oberon), water colour painting (Lake Cargelligo), photography (Trundle) and life drawing (Condobolin)
• A project that weaves visual arts with local history in Cowra
• Support for local musicians in the Macquarie Philhamonia’s 2014 season

“These 13 projects offer exciting new opportunities to communities, arts makers and audiences in the region. They also offer employment opportunities to local artists and arts workers,” Arts OutWest Executive Officer Tracey Callinan said.

“Whilst the Central West region had a bumper year for applications, the success rate for this program is still relatively high compared to other funding sources. This is a program we really encourage people to consider for the future,” Ms Callinan said.

The grant applications can be for up to $3000. The grants program is coordinated locally by Arts OutWest with funds distributed by Regional Arts NSW. Any incorporated, non-for-profit group can apply.

As the Regional Arts Board, Arts OutWest services the 12 local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin and Wellington.

More about CASP

Projects funded in 2014 through the Country Arts Support Program:
NSW Central West region

Bathurst Child and Family Network
The story of Biladurang the platypus and Yindyamarra (respect)
As part of the a free Bathurst Family Fun Day on Saturday 17th May 2014, poles surrounding the children’s play equipment will be decorated (under the supervision and guidance of local professional Aboriginal artists) in the style of Aboriginal Totem Poles featuring local Wiradjuri stories to promote and celebrate our local Aboriginal culture to the wider community.
Location: Bathurst
Grant: $2025

Cowra Musical & Dramatic Society
Cowra Internee Symposium Visual Arts Record Project
To bring an internationally recognised Visual Arts expert (Jumaadi) to a Symposium on WW II internment in Australia of civilian internees. Jumaadi will facilitate youth performances and the creation of a record representative of internees experiences and legacies. This symposium occurs from 6-16 March 2014 in Cowra
Location: Cowra
Grant: $1750

Opportunities Extended
“Opportunities Extended” is a Concerts & Workshops Series hosted by folk@canowindra during 2014. Christina Mimmocchi, Dr Kim Cunio (Oscar & Marigold) and Colin Buchanan will perform special concerts with attending workshop/schools performances, with the aim of enhancing & extending the reach of folk@canowindra; as well as contributing to the cultural enrichment of the town & surrounds.
Location: Canowindra
Grant: $1500

Forbes Town and District Band
Chamber Music Workshops and Concert
Forbes Town & District Band will run a series of chamber music/small ensemble instrument workshops in Forbes. Specialist music teachers of flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe/bassoon and brass will be engaged from April to July, culminating in a performance by the workshop participants and the teachers in a grand chamber music concert in the Forbes Town Hall in late July 2014.
Location: Forbes
Grant: $1750

Friends of Oberon Library (FOOLS)
Women Welders of the West
Friends of Oberon Library will be hosting welding workshops for women with local artist and sculptor Harrie Fasher in May 2014. The workshops’ emphasis on collaboration encourages engagement with other participants as well as supportive local businesses, strengthening relationships within the community. Works created at the workshop will be displayed at Oberon’s Waste to Art exhibition in June 2014.
Location: Oberon
Grant: $1500

Headspace NSW Central West
Canbeltos Choir Central West
This project will centre around the established community singing group, the Canbeltos Choir (Central West). It will take place in Bathurst and Orange over a ten week period beginning in February 2014 and will serve as a workshop for members of the choir to further their knowledge of singing as well as maintain the core ideal of the choir – that everyone can enjoy the benefits of singing.
Location: Bathurst and Orange
Grant: $1521

Lachlan Arts Council
Life Drawing in the Lachlan
To hold a life drawing workshop in Condobolin attracting artists from a radius of 100k/ms with a professional tutor. The tutor will be Merilyn Rice from Bathurst.
Location: Condobolin
Grant: $1110

Lake Cargelligo Arts and Crafts Society
Watercolour Workshop
Lake Cargelligo Arts and Crafts Society will host a watercolour workshop for 12-15 participants with well known artist Ross Paterson at Lake Cargelligo, between 28th March and Monday 31st March.
Location: Lake Cargelligo
Grant: $1500

Lithgow City Band Inc
Building the Fabric of Community Through Musical Links
Lithgow City Band will run a series of three hour workshops in July/ August in Lithgow culminating in an end of workshop concert. Musicians from neighbouring bands will be invited to attend and participate. The goal of the workshops is to foster performance excellence at the same time furthering the exposure of newer members to public performance whilst musically enriching the local community
Location: Lithgow city
Grant: $1500

Lyndhurst sub-branch RSL
A Tribute on canvas to those who Served from the Carcoar district
This project will involve the community of Carcoar, both children and adults. We will research those from Carcoar who served in both World Wars, the Vietnam War and Afganistan, then paint their portraits within a battle setting to be exhibited permanently at the Carcoar Military Museum. This will take place in the hall at the school in Carcoar.
Location: Carcoar
Grant: $1500

Macquarie Philharmonia Inc
2014 Inland Performance Season (check for Arts NSW funding)
Funding for one of 60 professional regional musicians who, in partnership with a diversity of regional and community Choirs, will tour 6 rural and regional NSW communities during the 2014 season to perform the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony ( a Choral Symphony) to country audiences that will include diverse groups of marginalized people from NSW rural/remote areas.
Location: Central West region
Grant: $2000

Quandialla Progress Association
Quandialla Centenary Quilt
A group of dedicated quilters will design and construct a quilt to depict the village of Quandialla to commemorate its centenary in October 2014. The design will be based on a map of the village showing current owners of houses, businesses and important landmarks. Landholders will be listed on the border. The quilt will be hung in a perspex frame in the Quandialla Hall.
Location: Quandialla
Grant: $785

Trundle Pastoral and Agricultural Society
Trundle Showing Your Photos
Two photography workshops (1 adult, 1 child) will be held with Matt Begbie of Freshly Milled Design (Millthorpe NSW) as tutor. The skills development for the community will feed into photography exhibitions and events as part of the 104th Annual Show in August 2014.
Location: Trundle
Grant: $500

Image: Lithgow City Band

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