Minister announces young people arts grants

Minister for the Arts, George Souris, has congratulated 24 recipients of Young People Grants, valued at almost half a million dollars, released under Arts NSW’s 2013 Arts Funding Programme. 

Mr Souris said the New South Wales Government has awarded $466,674 in funding to arts and cultural organisations across the state to help provide artistic experiences to school students.

“Young People is a category within Arts NSW’s Arts Funding Programme which provides opportunities for students to access high quality arts and cultural activities,” Mr Souris said.

“This programme recognises the vital importance of arts and creativity to learning.  It provides opportunities for engagement with arts experiences to students who might otherwise not have an opportunity to do so.

“Young People project funding is applied for by arts and cultural organisations, who then use it to directly benefit both NSW government and non-government schools.

“It provides organisations with up to $10,000 for ticket and travel subsidies and up to $30,000 for a programme of activity (for a total of up to $40,000).

“Young People grants can support school excursions to arts venues including theatres, performing arts centres, galleries and museums. The funding can also assist with access to associated programmes such as event discussions and workshops, specially tailored guided tours, talks from artists involved in performances and exhibitions, or innovative education packs and resources.”

Mr Souris said the NSW Government is committed to providing opportunities for people of all ages to participate in arts and cultural activities.

“The Government has set a target under the NSW 2021 strategic plan to increase participation in arts and cultural activities in rural and regional NSW by 10 per cent from 2010 to 2016,” Mr Souris said.

“This will be achieved in part through the provision of grants, partnerships with local government and other state government bodies, and the regional programmes of the state’s cultural institutions.

“Arts NSW’s Arts Funding Programme plays an integral part in helping develop our State’s artistic communities.

“This support contributes to the profile of NSW as the cultural and creative capital of Australia and provides new opportunities for the people of NSW to participate in arts and cultural activities.”

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