A quartet of quality arts programs will proceed in the region, thanks to funding secured through the NSW Government’s Country Arts Support Program.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Orana Arts will receive in excess of $15,000 which will go towards unique creative projects.
Projects funded include The Power Of Sound in Mudgee, The Gulgong Arts HUB for Youth and Community, Youth EnviroArts and the Out West 48-Hour Film Challenge.
“Our region has a thriving arts sector and it is great to see so much thought go into providing these opportunities,” Mr Saunders said.
“The Power Of Sound will be run in conjunction with the Mudgee Local Aboriginal Lands Council and will provide a different way for participants to connect with Country.
“The 48-hour film challenge will allow a number of teams to spend a weekend completing short films and the Youth EnviroArts program is an environmental-based project that will engage young people and allow heritage-based collaboration.
“In Gulgong, the Arts HUB will provide a new space that will not only be somewhere people can attend classes but double as a location they can practice their skills.
“Each project taps into a different sector of the arts and I’m sure they will be of immense benefit to our region.”
Orana Arts executive director Alicia Leggett said projects highlight what is on offer in the central west.
“We are thrilled to see the diversity of projects funded by the Country Arts Support Program this year, that will see regional artists sharing their skills with the general community, in particular young people,” she said.
“From sound to film, weaving to the visual arts, the ripple effect these projects have in our communities can inform and inspire future generations of creatives, or simply provide a stronger connection to the community.”