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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Micro Grant Stories: Gooloogong Mural

mural in progress

Gooloogong is a small town between Cowra and Eugowra. With help from a teacher who is also an artist they will soon have a bright new community mural. This project was supported by Arts OutWest and the NSW Government through Arts Restart.

The school’s P&C applied for the $1986 in funds to make the mural a reality.  We asked them about the process and outcomes:

What did you do with the funds from your Arts OutWest Micro Grant?

Our school surveyed students and community members as to what they would like to have included in our school mural. We engaged the assistance of a local teacher to create a mural to be displayed on the outside of the school hall, incorporating student and community ideas and input.

Our funds went to the purchase of materials, paint and painting equipment. The artist engaged is a teacher and able to contribute time to the project in-kind.

What were the benefits gained from your Arts OutWest Micro Grant and how did it help you or others during the Covid-19 crisis?

Students and community members contributed to the design of the mural. It provided an opportunity to come together during the COVID-19 crisis, before COVID returned recently and heightened restrictions have been required.

We now have a colourful, meaningful and incredible mural that depicts life at Gooloogong Public School. This artwork will be in a prime position located adjacent to the school’s yarning circle and contributing to an external learning environment.

The mural will be completed  when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

 The process has engaged the school and wider community and invested positively socially and culturally to our local school.

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IMAGE: Mural in progress