Artists and arts and cultural organisations across regional NSW will share in more than $245,000 as part of a State Government funding program of short-term, locally initiated arts projects.

The Country Arts Support Program bolsters community spirit throughout the state by encouraging people to create and experience local art projects.

Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey said the projects include circus and dance workshops, young filmmaker mentorships, an aged care residents choir, photography classes, Aboriginal cultural showcases and an outdoor opera.

“The variety and quality of the proposed works clearly demonstrates the incredible wealth of artistic talent that resides in regional NSW,” said Mr Brealey.

“Supporting arts and culture in regional NSW is a priority under the Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework, which guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.”

The Country Arts Support Program is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.

The funding provided under Arts NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, which will provide more than $52 million to support artists and arts organisations across the state in 2016/17.

Congratulations to the following projects in Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley were successful who will receive funding:

Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce: $2,100 to work with local Aboriginal artist, Noel Butler, and four local primary schools to develop street murals that highlight the cultural heritage of the local river, mountains and sea.

Bermagui Youth Music: $3,000 to deliver a six week course, in conjunction with the Bega Valley Library, introducing disadvantaged and at risk young people to music technology, composition and instrumentation.

Footprint Theatre Inc: $3,000 to coordinate a mentored film shoot with industry professionals in the Bega Valley. The project will support young filmmakers in the next stage of their career.

Narooma High School P and C: $3,000 to deliver a series of drama workshops for scool children focusing on acting skills and ensemble building. A performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be held in the Tilba Hall in early 2017.

Stonewave Taiko: $3,000 for a four day instruction and training intensive in taiko drumming in Bega for group members. The intensive will also include two beginner workshops for the general public and a public showing.

Youth for Global Peace Inc: $3,000 for an African Music & Culture day in Cooma in February 2017. The aim is to address cultural understanding, reduce racist attitudes of rural communities and encourage new arrivals, including refugees, to settle in the region.

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