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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

$1.6 million for regional arts

Media release
PG/375
23 November 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced funding of more than $1.6 million under the Regional Arts Fund for arts and cultural activities throughout regional Australia.

Artists will work with the communities, bringing about vibrant and memorable performances, events, festivals and workshops.

"Young people, people with disabilities and Indigenous events feature strongly on the list of recipients in this funding around, amongst an array of diverse activities planned across the nation," Mr Garrett said.

The funding is delivered by state regional arts organisation and by government art departments in the territories.

Funding for this round will go to 87 projects spread across regional and remote areas of Australia. Six of the projects are in areas classed as"very remote", and the overall funding focuses largely on professional development for artists.

"Skills development is vital to the arts in regional areas," Mr Garrett said. "Many regional economies rely more and more on a thriving arts sector, and it is often an important part of a regional area's spirit and vitality - which contributes in turn to tourism."

Highlights among the projects include:

For a national summary of funded projects, visit the Regional Arts Australia website: www.regionalarts.com.au . For information about the Regional Arts Fund,
see www.arts.gov.au/arts/regional_arts_fund 

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