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 Town of Narrogin towards hosting acclaimed textile artist Joan Tuffin as artist-in-residence from March to May;
· $6,000 for Moora Performing Arts Inc towards a subscription series of concerts this year;
· $14,000 to the Children's Book Council for a tour by writers and illustrators to regional communities including Merredin;
· $17,300 towards a tour of the Effie Crump Theatre productions 'Swan River Saga' and 'Banjo Patterson' to regional communities, including Northam, Wongan Hills, Merredin, Moora, Koorda and Jurien in April; and
· $16,000 for the Theatre-in-Education company 'Acting Out' to tour productions to regional schools and communities including Merredin, Cunderdin, Northam, Katanning, Narrogin and Brookton.