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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Micro Grant Stories: the Wright tech for online teaching

Cowra musician and music teacher Mary-ann Wright was another artist in the region who made use of a Micro Grant to update equipment and move her practice online.

Mary-ann accessed $637 in Arts OutWest Micro Grants funds to purchase high quality visual and audio equipment to enhance online teaching.

The grants have really highlighted the value of good equipment for regional artists now working online.

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

The funds enabled me to purchase a wide angle camera and a good microphone to use in the establishment of online music teaching, both as a private teacher and band coordinator in primary schools. This meant that students could hear good quality sound and I was able to record tuition videos for school band with quality sound and I was able to demonstrate all instruments without vision being limited.

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

As we had to move quickly to online teaching, which was an unknown to me, these purchases enabled me to provide my students with quality video and sound. This enable my teaching to continue in a manner that meant as little disruption to my students as possible.

Image: Student Halle Flanagan and Mary-ann Wright in pre-Covid days (this pic from 2018). Photo: Cowra Guardian.