Arts grant funds nine new projects

PROJECTS including a community artists hub, life drawing and photographic workshops, life stories and dance are among the nine projects in the latest arts grant round from Southern Downs Regional Council, announced RADF Chair, Cr Mally McMurtrie.

Cr McMurtrie said this round of funding from the Regional Arts Development would see people being brought together through music, dance, quilting with a historical message and life stories of the older members in the Southern Downs Region.

"One emerging local artist will get to develop his skills further by attending a photographic portraiture workshop and the recently established Community Artists Hub in Stanthorpe will engage local artists to teach and showcase the artistic talents of people within the Southern Downs community," she said.

"This particular project focuses on people who have a disability, mental health issues or chronic illness."

A Japanese Amigurumi exhibition is the focus for one successful group, rounding off a very diverse and exciting collection of applications.

"The arts and cultural sector of our community provides opportunities for shared cultural experiences, which can generate a sense of community belonging and pride", Cr McMurtrie said.

Minister for the Arts Rachel Nolan said RADF was Australia's only locally-delivered regional arts grants program.

"In 2011-2012, the Queensland Government allocation to RADF is $2.047 million with another $1.5 million from 55 Queensland councils, meaning more than $3.5 million is available for arts projects across the state," Ms Nolan said.

"From its beginnings in 1991, RADF now supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year in communities across Queensland.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between Southern Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture. The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape their own arts and cultural priorities.

For more information on RADF please contact Sue Organ on 4681 5524 or email sue.organ@southerndowns.qld.gov.au

The third round of funding for this year will close at 5pm on Monday, 9 April 2012.

Application packages are available from the Southern Downs Regional Council Offices, Art Galleries and Libraries in Warwick and Stanthorpe or from Council's website www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au

Applicants should be aware that projects should not commence prior to approval being granted by the RADF Committee and Council and that grant monies will not be received until after the approval process is finalised at Council's General Meeting in May 2012.


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