Over $250,000 for country arts projects

The NSW Government will provide over $250,000 to support 86 rural and regional art projects from every corner of the state, including theatre for the north coast, poetry for the south and writing for the far west Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant announced today.

The projects will benefit country communities by providing opportunities to access a diverse range of locally driven arts programs for all ages and abilities.

“This funding injection will boost the state’s thriving regional arts and cultural scene and build community spirit with people encouraged to participate in local projects,” Mr Grant said.

“I’m proud of the vast range of funded projects demonstrating the wealth of talent in regional NSW including local theatre, music productions, digital media and a variety of workshops including weaving, cartooning and botanical art.

“The projects also generate social and economic benefits to regional communities through skills development, employment, business growth and activities that drive tourism,” Mr Grant said.

Supporting arts 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.

 The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) provides small grants to arts and community organisations and regional arts councils for short-term, self-initiated projects and is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

Download the full list of 2015 CASP funding recipients here.

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Published: 21 January 2016