The Lawrence Government today announced grants totalling $177,500 to fund 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:
· $7,000 for the Arts Council of Geraldton towards administration costs and its program of activities for 1993;
· $1,500 for the Mullewa Arts and Crafts Group towards a weekend of craft workshops on May 1 and 2;
· $800 for Shirley Scotter of Dongara towards marketing and administration costs associated with a concert in Dongara on March 27;
· $12,000 for the Film and Television Institute towards its travelling film festival, which will visit Geraldton in April-May;
· $14,000 for the Children's Book Council of Australia for a tour by writers and illustrators to Carnarvon and Geraldton in August and September;
· $16,000 for the Theatre-in-Education company 'Acting Out' to tour productions to regional schools and communities, including Geraldton and Carnarvon, in June;
· $13,000 for the Fellowship of Australian writers to tour some of the State's best-known writers around the State, including the Murchison and Gascoyne regions;
· $17,300 towards a tour of the Effie Crump Theatre productions 'Swan River Saga' and 'Banjo Patterson' to regional communities, including Three Springs, in April; and
· $3,000 for the classical music group 'Camerata' towards a tour to Geraldton and Kalbarri in October.