Five local arts and cultural projects will share in more than $16 000 thanks to the latest round of the Regional Arts Development Fund.
The funding is a partnership between state and local governments that invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland.
‘The latest funding allocation in round three totaled $16 224,’ Central Highlands Mayor Cr Peter Maguire said.
‘I congratulate all of the grant recipients on their dedication to increasing opportunities for people in our community to participate in and enjoy the arts and cultural sector.’
The successful applicants include the Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee for training, the Central Highlands Regional Council for an ongoing oral history project, the Rubyvale Progress Association for festival performances, CTM Links Capella for circus workshops and the Emerald Art Group for professional development workshops.
Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government is providing $2.08 million in 2015-16 for the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a state and local government partnership with 59 local councils across Queensland.
“The $2.08 million will leverage approximately $1.8 million from local councils, and means an anticipated total of $3.9 million will be available for arts projects across the state,” the Premier said.
“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members, helping to ensure that Queenslanders can engage with arts in their local community.
“RADF supports arts, cultural and heritage projects throughout Queensland, ranging from local festivals and celebrations, to training, education and employment outcomes for Queensland artists.”
“The revamped RADF program developed in consultation with local councils has opened the way for an expansion of the arts at a local level with public art commissions, access to touring productions and more training opportunities on offer,” she said. For more information on RADF contact council’s RADF liaison officer Karen Newman on 1300 242 686.