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:
· $2,500 for the Hedland based Women's Involvement Group to employ an artist to create a mural depicting the multicultural nature of Hedland women;
· $16,000 for the Theatre-in-Education company 'Acting Out' to tour productions to regional schools and communities including Karratha, Exmouth, Port Hedland and Newman in June;
· $12,000 for the Film and Television Institute towards its travelling film festival, which will visit Broome, Port Hedland and Karratha in May and June; and
· $14,000 for the Children's Book Council of Australia for a tour by writers and illustrators to Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland and Paraburdoo in August and September.