The Lawrence Government today announced grants totalling $177,500 to fund regional arts activities in regional areas.
Announcing the grants, Arts Minister Kay Hallahan said investment in the arts yielded great cultural and economic benefits for the State.
The arts employed an estimated 14,500 Western Australians and had important economic spinoffs, including for the tourism industry.
"The grants are part of the Government's $60 million funding package for arts and culture this financial year," she said.
Mrs Hallahan said the grants meant regional Western Australians would have opportunities to enjoy diverse cultural experiences.
Key grants were:
· $16,000 for the Theatre-in-Education company 'Acting Out' to tour productions to regional schools and communities including Southern Cross, Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, Laverton, Boulder, Kambalda, Norseman and Esperance in November;
· $13,000 for the Fellowship of Australian Writers to tour some of the State's best-known writers to several Goldfields communities in May;
· $12,000 for the Film and Television Institute towards its travelling film festival, which will visit Kalgoorlie and Esperance in April-May;
· $14,000 for the Children's Book Council of Australia towards a tour by writers and illustrators to Kalgoorlie;
· $17,300 towards a tour of Effie Crump Theatre productions to Boulder, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe, Norseman and Esperance;
· $6,900 for the WA Chamber Orchestra to tour Kalgoorlie, Menzies, Leonora, Agnew/Leinster, Sandstone and Mount Magnet; and
· $8,000 for the youth contemporary dance company '2 Dance Plus' to tour communities in the Murchison and Eastern Goldfields, including Cue, Leinster, Leonora, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, Sandstone, Tardun and Yalgoo.