Shoalhaven City, Shellharbour City and Kiama Municipal Councils have welcomed an offer from the NSW Government, through Create NSW, to help establish a Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO) for the South Coast.
The new RADO will join the Regional Arts Network of 14 RADOs across regional NSW.
The network, with core funding from the NSW Government and local Councils, has developed over the past 30 years to inform, support and promote arts and cultural activity at a regional and community level, including opportunities for creative professionals and producers across different fields of arts and culture practice.
In announcing the NSW Government funding in October, the NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin, said, we know that regional communities do best when they run their own show.
"I am pleased that the new Regional Arts Development Organisation for the South Coast will join forces with the existing Regional Arts Network to shine a spotlight on its arts and cultural offering," he added.
For artists and communities hard hit by natural disasters and COVID 19, the establishment of a South Coast RADO is timely.
There are many pockets of creativity across our region, for which a RADO, with an overview of the entire South Coast, can help join the dots, making connections and fostering networks between artists, arts organisations, local government and communities.
RADOs service artists, helping them achieve both artistic and business goals, becoming viable in their practice. RADOs support communities to develop and promote their own creative projects.
RADOs connect with councils, bringing extra focus, knowledge and expertise in arts and culture to assist local government efforts in tourism, economic development and community and cultural planning.
To get the ball rolling, the RADO is inviting regionally based professionals with a passion for the South Coast and expertise across arts management, financial management, corporate governance, philanthropy, media and marketing and First Nations arts and cultural knowledge, to nominate for a position on the Inaugural Board (a voluntary one-year position).
To enquire please email: firstname.lastname@example.org by December 10, 2021.