99 New CASP Funded Projects Will Build Community Spirit07.01.2015
More than $290,000 will be provided by the NSW Government through the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) to fund 99 projects in regional, rural and remote NSW.
Projects range from the writing and recording of a song celebrating Baradine’s small town culture during the community’s sesquicentenary year to the re-choreographing of the original musical, Garlambirla: A Musical with Soul, in preparation for its performance at the Australian Theatre for Young People at Walsh Bay in May this year. The Coffs Harbour High School P & C was successful in gaining $3,000 funding to engage Kirk Page, formerly from Bangarra Dance Theatre and Redfern Now actor, as artist-in-residence for the project.
Other projects include:-
- Cooma Little Theatre Inc. ($3,000) to engage a guest director to develop a production to mark the 60th anniversary of Cooma Little Theatre in the Monaro region. The guest director will also mentor a local, less experienced director. The production will be performed in Cooma in October/November 2015.
- Griffith PCYC ($5,000) for the Spray Sessions program which teaches young people graffiti style art skills including sketching, virtual design on iPads and spray can technique. The 16-week project includes a professional artist delivering four workshops and finishes with the creation of a mural at the local skate park and an exhibition at the regional gallery.
- Henty Active Arts ($1,650) towards a one-day workshop with metal art sculptor, Michael Laubli, at the Henty Men’s Shed in May 2015. Participants will learn how to create sculptures by recycling unwanted car parts.
- KidsFest Shellharbour Inc. ($4,560) to create an interactive arts and cultural event. Three Shellharbour artists of diverse backgrounds, Anita Larkin, Melissa Gillis and Richard Campbell, will share their arts practice with local children. The artists will run multiple workshops at local primary schools, from 17-22 May, 2015, culminating in the KidsFest Arts Trail at the Killalea State Park on 23 May 2015.
- Merrimans Local Aboriginal Lands Council ($3,000) for the Ngardi Women’s Group to create textiles/fibre art/craft works that represent the Wallaga Lake Yuin community, environment and stories. The project will build on and develop skills in a range of visual arts and craft techniques and offer experiences in creative arts, exhibiting, business development and marketing. It will culminate in an exhibition at the Alice Springs Beanie Festival in the Northern Territory in June this year.
Announcing the grants, Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said the projects celebrate local arts and culture, and build community spirit by encouraging people to participate in as well as create art.
Mr Grant said the funding is part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals commitment to providing continuing support to the state’s arts and cultural sector.
‘The NSW Government has set a target under the NSW 2021 strategic plan to increase participation in arts and cultural activities in rural and regional NSW by ten per cent from 2010 to 2016,’ Mr Grant said.
CASP is an Arts NSW devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.
Read the media release and full list of successful recipients here.