Funding for Canowindra art project

Arts OutWests executive director Tracey Callinan
Arts OutWests executive director Tracey Callinan

Seven local groups, including one in Canowindra, will share $18,911 in funding for small arts projects.

The Canowindra project will operate during 2020 and will progressively introduce new artists to the base skills and knowledge required to become confident new artists.

Conveners of the project will move participants from absolute beginner to basic competency by introducing the techniques and other basics skills required.

The Canowindra project has received $1511.

Arts OutWest announced the seven successful local projects in the 2020 round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) this week.

Across the NSW Central West there was again a strong demand for the NSW government's annual grants program with 20 community organisations requesting more than $50,000 in funds. Applicants could apply for up to $3000, with any not-for-profit group eligible.

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.

Funded projects in 2020 will also be held in Forbes, Tottenham, Orange, and Bathust.

"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 seven funded 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.

"There was such a great range of applications for 2020, Ms Callinan said.