$275,000 in Aboriginal Arts Funding to develop jobs

Arts NSW is supporting indigenous arts with $275,000 in funding for Aboriginal arts and cultural projects that will enable closer collaboration with creative industries and develop job opportunities.

The grants are designed to enhance Aboriginal arts leadership and career development through direct employment opportunities, regional language projects and Aboriginal design.

“We have broadened the scope of funding to new areas such as support for Aboriginal design; Aboriginal leadership in artistic events such as festivals and art organisations; and regional Aboriginal language based projects,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant.

“The goal is to foster greater collaboration between the Aboriginal arts community and the wider sector in NSW, which have a lot to offer each other, as well as enable greater job creation and sustainability for Aboriginal arts leaders.”

Projects funded in the latest round include the appointment of an Aboriginal project manager, a compilation book of Aboriginal Elders’ stories, a photographic exhibition and funding to support performing arts touring to remote Western communities.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said the exciting projects demonstrate the quality of our Aboriginal arts and cultural sector.

“This support will enhance their opportunities to broaden skills, link more closely with the wider creative industries and create employment pathways,” Mrs Williams said.

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Published: 10 July 2015