The following regional projects have received funding in recent weeks across our region.
Volunteer Initiated Museum Small Grants & Development Project Grants
The Thredbo Ski Museum has been awarded $1,630 by the NSW Government to improve and expand its collection, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro said today.
It’s one of 19 local museums across the state to share in almost $48,000 funding through the Volunteer Initiated Museum (VIM) Small Grants and Development Project Grants programs.
“The NSW Government is proud to support the local community museums which play a vibrant role in showcasing local history and culture,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The Thredbo Historical Society’s collection, on display at the Thredbo Museum, celebrates the rich, diverse and dynamic heritage of snow sports in the Snowy Mountains.
“This money will help improve the quality of our collections and exhibitions and lead to more rewarding experiences for visitors.
“Community museums play a vital role as custodians of our history and heritage, so it’s fitting the NSW Government supports projects that help to preserve local collections for the rest of the community to enjoy.”
The money will be used to purchase a new display cabinet at the museum.
Boosting Community Art – CASP
Recipients of the Community Arts Support Program (CASP) have been announced for 2016. South East Arts is pleased to acknowledge the successful regional projects and commends the high quality of all applciations received.
CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. The aims of the program are to:
- assist locally determined community cultural activities
- increase opportunities for regionally-based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs
- enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities
- bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional opportunities
- lead to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity
- increase the sustainability and resilience of regionally based community arts organisations
South East Arts’ General Manager, Andrew Gray says that the quality of applications improves with each year, making it a challenge for the assessment panel.
“For 2016 CASP funding is supporting a diverse range of projects across the region. We received totalling almost $40,000 worth of applications with not quite $17,000 to distribute. The round was very competitive,” he said.
“The standard of CASP applications increases with each year. CASP received over $40,000 worth of applications with less than $17,000 to allocate regionally. We are excited to see the successful projects come to fruition within our community.”
With the assistance of CASP, Fling Physical Theatre will be taking their production We Will Come to the Rescue to ARTLANDS DUBBO – the Regional Arts Australia national conference – representing the Bega Valley Shire.
See this article in the Merimbula News Weekly for details on this and other successful projects in the Bega Valley including the Yuin Folk Club’s indigenous language project with Neil Murray, as well as Footprint Theatre’s exciting youth film school.
For this round, the first application ever received from one of our regional museums was successful. Clyde River & Batemans Bay Historical Society Inc’s inspiring Passions in the Bay project will be one to watch. Also in the Eurobodalla Shire, the South Coast Pastel Society’s National Exhibition and 7 Day Art Fest – Releasing the Artist Within received funding from CASP.
In the high country, also successful were the Stories Alive project – workshopping local history stories culminating with performances in Delegate and Bombala and Cool Cartooning – Tricks, Tips & Techniques for Kids – a cartooning workshop for school kids in Cooma at the Cooma Library.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is focused on ensuring art and culture thrives throughout regional NSW.
“Local art projects help build community spirit and I’m proud the NSW Government is ensuring everyone can enjoy quality arts and cultural experiences, no matter where they live,” Mr Grant said.
“Supporting art and culture in regional NSW is a priority under the Government’s new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework built on the ambitions of excellence, access and strength.”