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Whitsunday Regional Council has today awarded $29,220 to seven regional artists and culturalprojects under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Council was impressed with the variety of arts and cultural initiativeshappening across the Whitsunday region.
“The quality of our local artists and cultural programs in the Whitsundays is outstanding; it ispleasing that this funding will allow them professional development opportunities and the ability to offer a range of exciting cultural pursuits to the community,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The successful and long-running RADF program gives communities the flexibility to shape theirown arts and cultural priorities,” she said.
“Artists interested in applying for RADF funding should do so under round 2 which will close on17th August 2015, for projects commencing after 21st September.”
The projects approved under funding round 1 include:
• Pit Pony Experience Group $5000
The grant will be used towards the costs of the purchase, printing & launch of “Helen & thePit Ponies” children’s book.
• Bowen Historical Society $3700
The grant will be used towards the costs of digitizing the local newspaper BowenIndependent from 2006-2014.
• Suzi Hancock-Janicki Smart Arts Whitsunday $5000
The grant will be used towards the costs of the first Whitsunday Regional Exhibitionattracting massive entries/tourism. It is open to all artists and is enticing families to theWhitsundays for the long weekend in October.
• Lyn Burke & Lloyd Fox $4325
The grant will be used towards the costs of marketing, exhibiting & presenting ‘ProserpineAnswered the Call’, which recognises those WWI volunteers from the Proserpine district &will showcase student & professional artworks of the ANZACS from the Whitsundaycommunity.
• Whitsunday Arts & Cultural Centre $5000
The grant will be used towards the costs of 5 workshops to be held ranging from junior toadvanced run by the Melbourne Ballet Company’s elite professional dancers that would notnormally access a regional community.
• Whitsunday Regional Gallery $4195
The grant will be used towards the costs of youth workshops with the aim to establishworkshops of varying media and complexity to be run in the June/July school holidays.
• Pam Finlay $2000
The grant will be used towards the costs of attending the Mosaic Association AustralianNew Zealand national Conference from 21-23 August 2015 at the City Tattersalls Club inSydney.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between Whitsunday Regional Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture.For more information please contact RADF Liaison Officer Jacqui Neave on 49450277.
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