NSW Arts and Disability Partnership funding for 2012 to 2014

2014 Amplify your art recipients, mentors and supporters at Accessible Arts. Photo: Tammy Brennan

2014 Amplify your art recipients, mentors and supporters at Accessible Arts. Photo: Tammy Brennan

The NSW Government is committing $1.5 million to increase access to arts and cultural activities for people with a disability.

In 2012 the then Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, and former Minister for the Arts, George Souris, announced funding of $1.5 million over two years for a NSW Arts and Disability Partnership.

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) in the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Arts NSW in the NSW Department of Trade and Investment have formed the partnership to deliver programs that:

  • Increase opportunities for people with a disability to participate in arts and cultural activities;
  • Support the development of excellence in arts and disability projects and programs;
  • Strengthen professional networks in the arts and disability sectors and collaborative partnerships;
  • Support creative practice for people with a disability; and
  • Identify employment opportunities for people with a disability in the arts and cultural sector.

The partnership is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the National Disability Strategy.  The partnership is funded under ADHC’s Stronger Together Two disability service plan.

Programs funded under the partnership in 2013

Strand 1 – 2013 Arts and Disability Project Funding: 15 arts workshops and programs involving people with disability, $520,050.

Read the media release from the former Minister for the Arts and the former Minister for Ageing and Disability Services presented on 28 March 2013 about the funded projects here

Strand 2 – Amplify your art Year 2 recipients

Go to Amplify your art: Over $120,000 awarded to NSW artists with disability for more information on this recent announcement.

Strand 3 – Two-year research study into the impacts of the partnership projects on the participants with disability and the participating organisations, $79,950.

Programs funded under the partnership in 2012

Strand 1a – 2012 Arts and Disability Project Funding: 12 arts workshops and programs for people with a disability, $440,000.

Strand 1b – Access all areas: a passport to partnerships for artists of all abilities education and advocacy workshops, $75,000.

Go to the Regional Arts NSW website for information on the workshops, held in November 2012.

Strand 2Amplify your art (Year 1): Professional development grants for 12 NSW artists with disability, $150,000.

Go to the Accessible Arts website for more information on Amplify your art.

Strand 3 – Employment and volunteering by people with a disability in the arts and cultural sector, $85,000.

Read the list of funding recipients under the partnership in 2012 and 2013 here

Read more information about how the partnership was developed and how it operates here

Print a large text version of information about the partnership here

Guiding principles

The NSW Arts and Disability Partnership is based on the following principles:

  • People with a disability make significant contributions to arts and culture in NSW;
  • People with a disability should be able to live creative lives and their artistic aspirations and achievements should be a valued and visible part of our culture;
  • Participation in arts and cultural activities by people with a disability helps to expand creative and social networks and to create more socially inclusive and equitable communities;
  • People with a disability have a valued role in the workplace.

More Information

Read the media release from the former Minister for Disability Services from 28 March 2012 announcing the partnership here

Read more about the National Disability Strategy here

Read more about Stronger Together Two here

Read the ABS article Cultural Attendance by People with a Disability here

For more information on arts programs funded under the NSW Arts and Disability Partnership contact Ms Kim Spinks, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Arts NSW on 02 9995 0358 or kim.spinks@arts.nsw.gov.au

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Published: 5 July 2013