Funding for Bundaberg Region community-led arts and cultural experiences has been given a boost thanks to the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) 2021 -2022.
An extra $45,000 has been allocated to the region as part of a $2.08 million investment by the State Government, matching the contributions of approximately $2.3 million from 59 councils across the state.
The Regional Arts Development Fund delivers community-led rich art experiences and provides professional development for regional artists and arts workers.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey thanked the State Government for its support of regional arts.
“A lot of worthy community projects wouldn’t go ahead without assistance from the State and Local Governments,” he said.
“Creative arts are vital to promote vibrancy and reflect the diversity of where we live.
“I recall a laneway mural project earlier this year, involving local students attending an Arts Summer School.
“With thanks to RADF and Council support, this was a terrific project for the participants and left a colourful legacy.”
The laneway project involved seven students from Bundaberg State High School, Kepnock State High School, St Luke’s and Shalom.
In a three-day workshop, the students created the large mural in the laneway of the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, which featured architectural elements and colours from around the CBD.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said it was projects like this that made RADF such a worthy funding initiative.
“RADF is a great example of working together to deliver our COVID-19 economic recovery plan, supporting employment opportunities and creating new arts and cultural experiences in local and regional communities,” Minister Enoch said.
“RADF investment in 2021–2022 will maintain the momentum with an exciting variety of projects which will continue to provide valuable social, health and economic outcomes.”