Council supports a vibrant arts community
  • Thursday 20 November 2014

Screenplays, theatre production, digital media and music workshops are among the unique projects announced recently that will receive a share in $56,080 of Sunshine Coast Council’s Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF) to enhance arts on the Sunshine Coast.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the funding would benefit the many creative projects while also enriching the arts industry on the Sunshine Coast.
“The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils, to support artists and arts and cultural activities in local communities,” Cr McKay said.
“Council is very excited to support 13 projects in this latest round.”
Minister for the Arts, Ian Walker said the Queensland Government believed funding councils and working closely with them to support grass-roots arts was an essential part of delivering the arts to all Queenslanders.

“We want to get the best result from every dollar spent, so we’re taking a special look at projects that may increase returns on this cultural investment,” he said.

“A vibrant arts community, from the biggest city to the smallest town, can attract money and tourists so both business and the arts can be winners from these grants.”
A snapshot of funded projects include:

  • The Caloundra Arts Centre Association will receive support to host a Creative Book Making weekend workshop in February 2015.
  • The Immanuel Lutheran College Parents and Friends Association will be provided with assistance to expand their Arts Festival in May 2015 and give local artists the opportunity to learn new techniques and share their talent with the wider Sunshine Coast community.
  • Mecha Mecha will receive a grant for their “Community Engagement Through Music” (CETM) project, a tour of regional Queensland in March 2015 focusing on young people via music workshops to awaken greater creativity and inspire community engagement through music.

Sunshine Coast Council’s current round of RADF, offering individual grants of up to $2,000 to help local artists develop their skills, closes 5pm Monday, December 1.

For further information about the RADF program, visit Council’s website.