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Posted on: 24 September, 2018

Community invited to apply for a share in $35,000 in Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grants!

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Local artists and community groups are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) opening 2 October, to assist with getting their arts projects off the ground to share with the community.

Library Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood said RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions.

“Council would like to acknowledge the strong support from the Queensland Government, funding $35,000 towards delivery of its RADF 2018-19 program,” Cr Eastwood said.

“This ongoing joint partnership program invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities across Queensland, and here in Livingstone, we have an abundance of talented residents who bring joy to our community through their work.

“RADF assistance is offered to individuals and organisations for projects such as individual professional development, skills development workshops, creative development of new work, cultural tourism - projects which focus on identity and heritage, exhibitions and collections/stories, regional partnerships – for collaborative innovative arts projects, and arts events and performances.

“We have seen fantastic local arts projects supported through RADF including Livingstone Songs from the Shire – Steve Butler, Choral Society Light and Sound Workshop, Vivid Ideas 2017, and the Saltwater Festival. I strongly encourage artists of all kinds to consider applying for funding online.”

Queensland Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said investing in creative and cultural experiences through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) strengthened regional communities, boosted cultural tourism, and enhanced the quality of life in rural and remote towns and cities.

“RADF is a unique partnership between the Queensland Government and Livingstone Shire Council to support local talent, unite communities and celebrate the arts across the state. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, is contributing $2.08 million in 2018-19 in partnership with 58 councils statewide to help deliver cultural experiences which align with local priorities,” Ms Enoch said.

Council invites all interested artists to attend an information evening on Wednesday 3 October at 5pm, which will also be a wonderful opportunity to talk to members of the RADF Assessment Panel.

To apply, please visit http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1389/Arts-and-Culture.

Round 1 closes 30 October for projects starting after 21 November, 2018.

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