Country Arts Support Program: 2019 recipients announced!

Through Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding, creative organisations from across regional and rural NSW will play host to range of short-term, locally initiated community productions, programs, performances and workshops.

Arts Minister, Don Harwin, said that the annual CASP funding aims to drive creative and vibrant state-wide arts projects that engage diverse audiences and promote an innovative NSW arts and cultural sector.

“This funding reflects our ongoing commitment to promoting diverse arts and cultural experiences in regional NSW – everything from local community street art, youth choirs, and Aboriginal arts as well as securing a number of critically-acclaimed authors and artists that are going on tour.”

“Increasing access and participation in arts and cultural experiences drives economic benefits across the regions and also enables positive social impacts too, including greater awareness, appreciation and expression of our cultural diversity.”

The CASP fund is a devolved grants program administered each year by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW. Grants of up to either $3,000 or $5,000 (depending on region) are available primarily for professional artists’ fees, travel and accommodation, with applications assessed by 14 regionally-based panels coordinated by the local Regional Arts Boards.

Orana Arts is proud to announce that the following projects in our region have been funded:

Dubbo Filmmakers: Young Filmmakers' Bootcamp ($5,000)
In a series of workshops for young people, Dubbo Filmmakers aim to provide hands-on experience in creating short films facilitated by experienced filmmakers. Young filmmakers will be encouraged to enter their projects in the 2019 Dubbo One Eye Film Festival.

Dunedoo Central School Parents & Citizens Association: Art for Youth - A Brush with Bush Kids ($3,000)
To bring the world of art to kids from the bush, three qualified artists from Sydney will present art workshops to 150 students at Dunedoo from 14—16 May 2019.

Gilgandra Alive! presents: An Afternoon of Crime ($2,000)
A published, award-winning and popular author of crime fiction will visit Gilgandra to offer an inspiring workshop for writers in the local area and surrounds. This will include an open forum on their latest work, a reading and a Q&A session.

Mid-Western Regional Council: Growing a Community's Cultural Ecology ($3,000)
Local arts worker Kelly Leonard will coordinate a pilot project engaging two local professional, contemporary artists. The outcome will develop work in short residencies alongside community development events.

RnR Rags to Bags - GM Rail Services: RnR Rags to Bags ($5,000)
Helping to inspire creativity in community members who experience mental health issues or live with disability, RnR Rags to Bags will hold workshops in multiple sites designing & using recycled materials to use as an alternative to plastic bags.

Look out for these terrific projects and events being developed in 2019. For more on CASP, including previous projects, click here.

Image: artwork detail, Kelly Leonard

Image: artwork detail, Kelly Leonard