The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has been successful in its application to Lotterywest for $34,500 towards free and accessible community arts and cultural events.The funding will see the Shire continue working with partners such as Arts Margaret River, Creative Corner, the Concrete Club, City of Melville, and more to deliver a range of accessible arts programs in the Shire.
Funding will support programs such as an Artist Exchange Program, Tender is the Night touring program, the Festival of Small Halls, community art installations, and Youth Street Art activations and workshops.
The funding will also open up opportunities for local High School students to get hands-on training in the technical aspects of arts production at the Margaret River HEART and support established and much-loved local events such as Youth Week and SAMM Fest.
Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie said the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is well-known for its impressive community events that focus on culture and the arts and said she was pleased to see they have secured $34,500 in Lotterywest funding that will go towards event staging, promotion, and entertainment costs.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Acting Manager of Arts, Culture and Community Katie Taylor said the funding would go a long way to supporting arts and cultural programs in the Shire.
Katie said the funding would further build capacity to connect with local organisations to offer a diverse range of programs that appeal to the community, and would take away some of the barriers that may otherwise prevent people from taking part.
Events will be added to the What’s On section of the Shire’s website once programmed.
Community members can also stay up-to-date on Shire news and events through the weekly eNews Leeuwin Current.
Image caption: Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie presented Augusta Margaret River Shire President Julia Meldrum with funding on Wednesday 24 January 2024. They were joined by representatives from the Shire, Arts Margaret River, Creative Corner and Margaret River HEART.
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