Narooma School of Arts and Eurobodalla Shire Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last Thursday that supports a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to developing creative arts infrastructure in Narooma and the Shire.
‘The MOU acknowledges the work the School of Arts organisation has already achieved in developing arts infrastructure in Narooma,’ said Council General Manager Dr Catherine Dale.
‘Council supports the commitment, ownership and investment they have already dedicated to the Arts and values an ongoing partnership with them in developing future arts infrastructure in Narooma.
‘We see great value in the plans the School of Arts committee has developed to date. Council is able to strongly support future funding opportunities to realise shared strategic outcomes to meet the community’s needs and aspirations.’
The School of Arts management committee welcomes this initiative.
‘Part of the MOU is that Council would also assist us with professional advice on funding applications as well as on infrastructure project management and associated activities, should the organisation decide to proceed with plans for a new Community and Arts Centre,’ said School of Arts committee spokesperson Laurelle Pacey.
The Narooma community owns and manages its own land and buildings dedicated to the Arts (Memorial Hall /Kinema, School of Arts’ Studios and SoART Gallery). They are held in trust for the community by Narooma School of Arts & Soldiers' War Memorial Hall Inc. and managed by a voluntary committee. The Hall is leased to the Griffiths to operate as twin cinemas and as a venue for the performing arts.
Above: Eurobodalla Shire Council ESC Acting Director - Community Arts and Recreation Kim Bush Kim Bush and General Manager Dr Catherine Dale, with Narooma School of Arts committee representatives Joy Macfarlane and Laurelle Pacey after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding