Regional Arts Funds for 54 arts projects in regional and remote Australia

Federal Arts Minister, Tony Burke, has announced $645,134 for the March 2013 round of the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will be distributed to 54 projects across regional and remote communities of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
 
President of Regional Arts Australia Dennis Goldner welcomed the funding announcement, saying, “Regional Arts Australia through the Regional Arts Fund delivers essential arts funding to regional and remote Australia. This Funding round highlights the Fund’s ability to stimulate sustainable arts and cultural development outside our capital cities whilst targeting youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders alongside whole-of-community engagement. These Funded projects provide skills, opportunities and showcases for outstanding art being produced and delivered in regional and remote Australia. The Regional Arts Fund ensures that arts and culture are available to all Australians.”
 
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia and is delivered by Regional Arts Australia and regional arts organisations in each state.
 
In this round 50 per cent of applications have targeted the professional development of professional regional artists and arts workers, while 61 per cent of applications will be aimed at building community skills and community capacity. This round also has a particularly youth-centric focus, with 17 per cent of successful applications recognising this bracket of engagement as their target audience. 
 
Projects supported in the current round include: 
 
QUEENSLAND 
Beyond Boundaries: Crossroad Arts will deliver 132 workshops in theatre, photography, film-making, visual arts and creative movement across the Mackay and Isaac regions to establish greater access and future sustainable programs for people living with a disability.
 
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 
reallybigroadtrip says niinamarni: Community artist Alex Kelly and digital culture consultant Fee Plumley will travel to the Coorong and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands assisting artists and creative communities to experience meaningful engagement with technology.
 
TASMANIA 
Stand Back; A contemporary Art Exhibition Targeting young people (5-12 y.o.):Stand Back is a contemporary arts project designed specifically to engage young people in the 5-12 year old age bracket. The project revolves around curating an exhibition of quality from young people and then presenting the exhibition in a way that promotes cross generational engagement with older children and adults. Funds approved will go to artists’ fees for exhibiting artists and coordination/curation fees. The exhibition will coincide with the opening of the new Moonah Arts Centre in 2014. And aims to engage young people in contemporary art, lead to audience development and support the curator's professional development through practice
 
VICTORIA 
Sounding Out:  Sounding Out is a collaborative project involving women of Tarrengower Prison. The project will develop their musical skills as a means of social inclusion and wellbeing.
 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Trade Arts Waterfront Sculpture project: Esperance Community Arts will invite local tradespeople to use their professional skills to produce sculptures in collaboration with local artists. The project will engage men in creative responses to significant changes in the local community. The works will feature in a large community arts event in May 2014 to celebrate the redevelopment of the Esperance Waterfront