INDIGENOUS arts organisations and individual artists in the Kiama electorate have been encouraged to apply for a share of $100,000 in NSW government funding to help showcase and promote Aboriginal arts.
The funding through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) aims to support projects that promote and celebrate indigenous arts in rural and regional NSW.
Funding is available of up to $3000 for individual artists and $15,000 for organisations.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward said initiatives such as this increase participation of NSW Aboriginal people in arts and cultural activities.
“It promotes greater recognition and appreciation of NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural practice,” he said.
“As home to the largest indigenous community in Australia, NSW Aboriginal artists are producing high-quality works that fuse traditional stories and culture with contemporary art forms and media.
“Arts projects with Aboriginal people in key creative roles, or which incorporate Aboriginal people as key presenters of the work are eligible to apply.
“ARAF funding is available for projects such as workshops, performances, exhibitions, festivals or events, and artist-in-residence programs.”
Applications must be for programs that start after July 1.
Applications close March 18, 2013.
For more information and to apply, see Arts NSW website www.arts.nsw.gov.au, email email@example.com, or phone 1800 358 594 (freecall).