Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced that regional and rural arts organisations from around NSW are to benefit from $250,000 in small-grant funding.

The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) will fund 86 organisations to support community arts and cultural development.

Minister Harwin said that the annual Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding brought essential support to a wide range of community productions, projects and installations and improves the quality, reach and strength of short-term, locally-initiated activities.

“Large or small, this funding will strengthen regional and rural arts and cultural engagement, provide new training and employment opportunities across the state and create even more ways for areas to support their diverse local communities,” he said.

“From classical, jazz and blues performances to community murals from young artists and touring theatre productions in schools, our Country Arts Support Program is a valuable initiative that gives back to an incredible range of audiences and ages.”

The CASP fund is a devolved grants program administered each year by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW. Funding of up to $250,000 is available with applications assessed by 14 regionally-based panels coordinated by the local Regional Arts Development Organisations.

Regional Arts NSW CEO, Elizabeth Rogers said, “This was an outstanding round of applications with innovative and creative projects from all across the state, many working in partnerships to address the issues facing regional communities”.

For further information on the Create NSW Country Arts Support Program funds and other opportunities, including targeted support, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au or email arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au.

Projects receiving CASP funding in 2020 from our region are:

Spiral Gallery: NAIDOC 2020 Exhibition ($3,000)
NAIDOC 2020 exhibition at Spiral Gallery will showcase local indigenous arts and culture featuring local
professional indigenous artists responding to the NAIDOC 2020 theme. The exhibition will showcase and
recognise local culture, stories and the unique art of our region to work towards reconciliation within our
community.

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Incorporated: Ephemeral ($3,000)
Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project and Lonely Arts Club Pambula will collaborate to present Ephemeral
– an annual one-day festival celebrating the ephemeral landscape of Panboola and the creativity it inspires.
This vibrant program of art, musicians, creative workshops, demonstrations, market and food stalls will be
held Saturday 13th April 2020.

Djurwali-ngal: Djurwali-ngal (We Grow) ($3,000)
Djurwali-ngal is a hip-hop and Cultural exchange program for Aboriginal Youth living in Eden and Wallaga
Lake, Thaua and Djiringanj Country of the Yuin Nation. It includes workshops led by Aboriginal and non-
aboriginal artists and community exchange days. The project will finish with a performance at the 2020
Giiyong Festival.

FAR SOUTH FILM INC: Far South Film Regional Youth Workshop Program ($3,000)
Far South Film will run 6 film making workshops for young people in the South East region of NSW in the
school holidays between April and October with professional film makers. There will also be a screening in
Merimbula, Narooma and Cooma of completed works, and later online.

Stonewave Taiko Inc: ‘Big Afro Taiko’ ($900.00)
Sydney based West African Master Drummer, Dancer, Singer and Musician, Mohamed Bangoura to visit the
Bega Valley on three occasions in 2020 for workshops and development with Stonewave Taiko in addition to
engaging with other community based drumming and dance in the wider community.

Bermagui Preschool: Bermagui Preschool’s Cultural Weaving Project ($3,000)
Building on the success of its recent weekend of cultural events, Bermagui Preschool now seeks support to
establish a regional network arts program & extended cultural education framework to accompany its Moodji
Farm project. Hence Bermagui Preschool hopes to facilitate a series of Weaving Workshops with renowned
Aboriginal artist Cheryl Davison.