FUNDING FOR LOCAL ABORIGINAL ARTS PROJECTS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today announced funding totalling $25,046 to grow and promote Aboriginal art and culture in our region.
Mr Anderson said Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council and Tamworth Regional Council will share the funding that will go towards important cultural projects in the local area.
“We have a strong local Aboriginal heritage in our region so it’s important that we support these cultural projects to preserve and promote our proud indigenous history. As a long-time supporter of Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council I understand the role they play in our community.
“$15,000 has been approved for Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council to go towards the Country Music Festival Aboriginal Cultural Showcase which attracts big crowds each year and has become an iconic part of the festival.
“Tamworth Regional Council will receive $10,046 which will support Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council’s NAIDOC Week Songlines project.
“Aboriginal culture plays an important role and through the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund, we want to create opportunities for Aboriginal artists, arts workers, communities and audiences.”
Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Fiona Snape said “This funding is exciting and welcomed news for us as we look to make these projects more sustainable for the future.
“The Country Music Festival Aboriginal Cultural Showcase has been going for ten years now and this funding from the NSW Government will allow us to better plan the event for years to come.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the Government is proud to invest in a vibrant and distinctive Aboriginal arts and cultural sector, supporting local artists in regional and remote NSW to tell the stories of their communities.
“Our state is fortunate to have a vast array of Aboriginal artistic talent across art forms including visual art, dance, theatre, literature and music,” Mr Grant said.
“These new projects will help Aboriginal artists build on their abilities and talents, boost local economies and encourage a greater appreciation of Aboriginal culture in the broader community.”