Grants for Aboriginal art projects

REGIONAL Aboriginal artists and arts organisations are invited to apply for NSW Government funding to support local projects that encourage people to explore and express their cultural identities.

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government was proud to support a vibrant, distinctive and contemporary Aboriginal arts and cultural sector in NSW.

"Aboriginal art encourages greater appreciation of Aboriginal culture in the wider community and enables Aboriginal artists to express their creativity," Mr Grant said.

"Participation in the arts promotes personal and collective wellbeing, as well as contributing strongly to an innovative and robust local economy and the NSW Government is committed to increasing participation.

"The fund last year supported 15 projects including a young people's circus skills workshop and performances in Albury, a writing program on the South Coast and a forum on Aboriginal culture in Wagga Wagga."

The fund supports projects that:

• Enable Aboriginal communities in regional NSW to explore and express their cultural identities;

• Engage and promote regional Aboriginal artists, arts and culture in NSW;

• Encourage people to engage with Aboriginal arts and cultures;

• Build the capacity and sustainability of Aboriginal arts organisations in regional NSW;

• Increase professional and skills development opportunities for Aboriginal artists living in regional NSW.

The NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund offers up to $5,000 for individual professional artists and up to $15,000 for organisations. The closing date for applications is March 14. More details at www.arts.nsw.gov.au.



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