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:
· $4,000 for the Bunbury Festival of Art and Nature to engage a professional theatre director, Bruce Leyland, to work with local people to produce a theatrical work as part of the festival;
· $1,500 for the Nannup Music Club towards costs of mounting the South-West Folk Festival on February, 27, 28 and March 1;
· $12,000 for the Film and Television Institute towards its travelling film festival, which will visit Bunbury in July;
· $14,000 to the Children's Book Council for a tour by writers and illustrators to regional communities including Bunbury; and
· $17,300 for a tour of Effie Crump Theatre productions to Margaret River, Bunbury and Busselton.