Local artists and community groups are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) which is now open, 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 the delivery of its RADF 2019-20 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 Keppel Coast Arts Legend and the Locals with Troy Cassar-Daley event in August, Tropical Bloom Festival, CQU Village Festival, and workshops with local community groups such as Beach Potters Association and the Yeppoon Ukulele Movement. I strongly encourage artists and groups of all kinds to consider applying for funding online.”
Yeppoon Ukulele Movement member and workshop participant Jenny Lanyon said about 18 musicians attended the three-day workshop in April with musician Anu Grace, culminating in a concert staged for the community at The Mill Gallery, after receiving a RADF grant last year.
“There is no doubt we all came away with a huge sense of satisfaction and the resolve in the future to build on our new-found skills to play without music,” Jenny said.
“The benefit is that we engage with the audience so much more effectively and have something fresh, new and enhanced, to share with audiences in the future.
“A sincere thanks to Keppel Coast Arts, Livingstone Shire Council and Arts Queensland for valuing the arts in Livingstone Shire and for sponsoring this event.”
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government is proud to continue its RADF partnership with local governments with an investment of $2.08 million, through Arts Queensland, for the 2019-20 fund.
“This investment will support the delivery of hundreds of arts experiences and professional development opportunities across the state,” Ms Enoch said.
“Projects funded through RADF provide pathways for learning, contribute to the creation of jobs, foster creativity and boost cultural tourism.”
To apply, please visit http://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1389/Arts-and-Culture
Round 1 is now open and will close on 30 October for projects starting after 1 December 2019.