Projects on the Sunshine Coast will come alive as part of one of the State’s most active arts programs, announced Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay.
“The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, and the latest round of Sunshine Coast Council grants includes more than $90,000 in funding for 16 projects,” Cr McKay said.
“Projects range from music, theatre and heritage to green arts and public art.”
A snapshot of funded projects include:
• Shannon Garson received funding for her project ‘The Handmade Table – A Celebration of the Artisans of the Sunshine Coast’, a collaboration between various local artists including ceramicists, musicians, furniture makers and filmmakers.
• Dr Ray Kerkhove received a grant to develop a “Significance Assessment Report: Collections from Sunshine Coast Faith Groups”, building on his previous research. A partnership with the Sunshine Coast Heritage Library will facilitate the documenting of the collections of various local groups and also assist them to improve their archival skills.
• Caloundra Community Centre Inc. received support for “Reclaim the Yard”, a Green Arts project, which will enhance their community garden and grounds as well as provide the community with the opportunity to learn design and mosaic skills.
• Sunshine Troupe Inc. received funding for “Sunshine Coast Community Inclusive Theatre Restaurant”, a project designed to develop the creative skills of performers with a disability.
“The recipients are a diverse selection of really inspiring and dedicated artists and organisations who contribute greatly to the culture of our region,” Cr McKay said.
Applications for Sunshine Coast Council’s next round of RADF funding will open in July 16, 2014.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Regional Arts Development Fund supports more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year.
“In 2013–14, the Queensland Government will provide $2.037 million, with another $1.49 million coming from 55 Queensland councils,” Mr Walker said.
“This means $3.5 million for arts and cultural projects across the state, enabling communities to choose projects to meet their own needs and opportunities.
“Partnerships like this are a primary focus in the way the Newman Government invests in the arts,” Mr Walker said.
“The Regional Arts Development Fund also delivers on the State Government’s Arts for all Queenslanders strategy.”
Visit council’s website for more information about RADF.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
May 27th 2014