Castlemaine gets Arts Funding Boost

Lisa Chesters, Labor Candidate for Bendigo, has today welcomed the announcement that two Castlemaine based arts groups have secured funding in the latest round of the Gillard Labor Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

Ms Chesters congratulated Cultivated: The Grove on receiving $12,160.00 and The Wandering Cloud Project on receiving $6,000.00 in the second round of the Regional Arts fund.

“This support from the Gillard Labor Government for Cultivated: The Grove and The Wandering Cloud Project in Castlemaine is a great Christmas gift for the community,” Ms Chesters said.

Cultivated: The Grove will comprise a rich suite of theatre and visual artworks involving exceptional regional artists and leading horticulturalists, food industry and community groups for presentation at the 2013 Castlemaine State Festival.

The Wandering Cloud Project is an interdisciplinary, collaborative and locative art project that will create a poetic sound map with people who were flood affected, culminating in a participatory performance work.

“Both of these projects highlight the important role the arts continue to play in central Victoria, and provide a valuable opportunity for locals to get involved with the arts and cultural community,” Ms Chesters said.

“The Regional Arts Fund places an emphasis on sustainable cultural outcomes and in particular, encourages projects involving young people, disadvantaged groups and Indigenous communities.

Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean announced funding of more than $936,000 for 75 arts and cultural activities throughout regional Australia.

A full list of recipients and further information on the Regional Arts Fund is available