Arts OutWest has announced the seven successful local projects in the 2020 round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) including Canowindra Arts Inc.
CASP is a key regional arts funding program for NSW which provides support to employ artists in locally initiated arts and cultural projects. The aim is to provide access to arts activities for regional communities, to encourage communities to work together on cultural projects, to foster cultural diversity in the region and to ensure that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.
The 1st Giant Steps Program for Canowindra Arts Incorporated was funded $1,511. The project will operate during 2020 in the village of Canowindra and will progressively introduce new artists to the base skills and knowledge required to become confident new artists. Participants will move from absolute beginner to basic competency by introducing the techniques and other basic skills required.
“These projects offer exciting opportunities to communities, arts makers and audiences in the region. They also provide employment opportunities to local artists and arts workers,” Arts OutWest Executive Director Tracey Callinan said.
These projects will employ nearly two dozen local, professional arts practitioners and utilise hundreds of volunteer hours. Almost all funds will be spent locally and the projects will also make use of in-kind goods and services from local councils, businesses and community groups.
Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program is a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local regional arts organisations on behalf of the NSW Government. Applications are assessed locally by a panel.