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99 New CASP Funded Projects Will Build Community Spirit

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:-

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.