LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AWARDED NSW GOVERNMENT ARTS GRANTS Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced that five local arts and cultural organisations will receive funding as part of a NSW Government program supporting regional arts projects. Mr Constance said that the five local groups will share in $14,100, with the funding being awarded through the Country Arts Support Program. The program, which supports short-term locally initiated projects, will allow: • Footprint Theatre Inc: $3,000 to coordinate a mentored film shoot with industry professionals in the Bega Valley. The project will support young filmmakers in the next stage of their career. • Stonewave Taiko: $3,000 for a four day Drumming intensive with YuNiOn and training in for group members. The intensive will also include two beginner workshops for the general public and a public showing. • Bermagui Youth Music: $3,000 to deliver a six week course in conjunction with the Bega Valley Library, introducing disadvantaged and at risk young people to music technology, composition and instrumentation. • Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce: $2,100 to work with local Aboriginal artist, Noel Butler, and four local primary schools to develop street murals that highlight the cultural heritage of the local river, mountains and sea. • Narooma High School P and C: $3,000 to deliver a series of drama workshops for school children focusing on acting skills and ensemble building. A performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be held in the Tilba Hall in early 2017. “This funding program offers small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW, supporting local projects while further boosting the State’s thriving regional arts and cultural scene. “Supporting local projects bolters community spirit and in turn encourages and enables people of all ages to create and experience art and learn new skills,” Mr Constance said. Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the Country Arts Support Program bolters community spirit across regional NSW by encouraging people to create and experience local art projects. “The variety and quality of the proposed works outlined in the applications clearly demonstrates the incredible wealth of artistic talent that resides in regional NSW,” Mr Grant said. “This funding is being provided under Arts NSW’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, which will provide more than $52 million to support artists and arts and cultural organisations across the State in 2016/17.” The Country Arts Support Program is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.