Local arts organisations and individuals are among groups throughout Western Australia to benefit from a $9 million State Government investment in arts and culture.
Releasing details of the grants, Arts Minister Kay Hallahan said the funding would yield great economic and social benefits for the State.
The arts employed an estimated 14,500 Western Australians and had important economic spin-offs, including for the tourism industry.
Mrs Hallahan said the grants for theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music and Aboriginal arts meant Western Australians could enjoy diverse cultural experiences.
"The grants are part of the Lawrence Government's $60 million funding package for the arts and culture in 1992-93, an increase of more than 10 per cent on the previous year," she said.
Funding totalling $7.9 million was allocated to large State arts agencies for 1993 activities, while $1.2 million went to smaller arts organisations and individuals for projects in the first half of 1993.
Grants for the area included:
· $1,580 to dancer Kanika Bubna-Litic for a project to develop artistic skills in the Cambodian community;
· $3,174 for the Multicultural Arts Centre to send delegates to national meetings and participate in teleconferencing;
· $2,250 for the Organ Society of Western Australia towards the commissioning of a musical composition for organ, trumpet and percussion;
· $3,240 to the West Australian Folk Federation towards the youth component of the 1993 WA Folk Festival;
· $5,200 for the West Australian Folk Federation towards the salary of a part-time co-ordinator;
· $5,200 for the Perth Jazz Society towards employment of a part-time administrator;
· $3,466 to the Perth Jazz Society for four WA composers to write a Jazz Suite;
· $19,500 for the Crafts Council towards artists fees for the 1993 exhibition program;
· $6,000 for the Swy Theatre Company to commission a new work by local playwright Heather Nimmo;
· $15,000 to Aboriginal dancer and choreographer Michael Leslie towards a six month traineeship in theatre directing;
· $16,000 to Red Desert in Northbridge project for workshops of two plays by David Buchanan and Bill McCluskey;
· $6,000 for the Australian Writers' Guild towards the salary of a co-ordinator and 1993 program of activities;
· $4,000 to the Effie Crump Theatre towards a production of a play by local playwright Edgar Metcalfe;
· $6,000 for playwright, actor and director Edgar Metcalfe to research and write a play.
· $5,000 for Perth Institute of Contemporary Art towards the production of the journal 'Art Reading Material' during 1993;
· $4,615 for the Playgroup Association towards a series of music and movement sessions for handicapped and non-handicapped children;
· $7,000 for the WA Playwrights' Consortium towards general administration costs;
· $9,300 to the Performing Arts Centre Society towards the employment of two part-time administrators in the first half of 1993;
· $8,000 for Perth Institute of Contemporary Art towards a major exhibition of Aboriginal culture during the 1993 Festival of Perth;
· $5,300 for the Australian Association for Dance Education to conduct workshops for visually impaired people and professionals;
· $28,000 for Evos Music towards a program of activities and administrative costs for 1993;
· $5,040 for Evos Music to commission Ross Bolleter and Rob Husir to compose music/sound work for a production;
· $3,445 for Evos Music towards a composition by Cathie Travers for performance by the WA Symphony Orchestra;
· $1,800 for Evos Music towards the production and publication of a book to mark WA composer Roger Smalley's 50th year;
· $7,000 to the Australian Association for Dance Education towards promotion of Aboriginal dance as part of next year's Dance Week;
· $20,000 for local playwright Jacqueline Molloy to produce a surreal theatre piece;
· $12,000 for the Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company for its dance program;
· $2,000 for the group 'Disk Readings' to conduct public readings of the works of creative writers;
· $5,936 for the WA Youth Orchestra towards the commissioning of four works by young composers for orchestras/ensembles;
· $25,000 for the WA Music Industry Association towards co-ordination of the contemporary music industry and its activities;
· $11,444 to dancer Rakini for a new dance project;
· $3,445 to musician Evan Pritchard towards commissioning a work from local composer Stuart Davies-Slate for clarinet and percussion;
· $1,000 for sculptor Belinda Cobby towards an installation;
· $4,256 for choreographer Jim Hughes towards his final year of study in the Feldenkrais method of body awareness and movement;
· $18,000 for Pocket Opera towards the Perth premiere of a production;
· $12,800 for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra towards its 1993 program of activities;
· $10,000 for visual artist Rodney Glick to produce and display work for exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth; and -
· $6,000 to emerging curator Treena Hopewell for a secondment to the Queensland Art gallery for the Asia-Pacific triennial August-December 1993.