Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts

    Virtual reality encourages big dreams

    21/07/2018 2:00 PM
     
    • Big hART receives funding to deliver virtual reality workshops in Roebourne
    • Community Engagement Grants Program provides funding for activities that promote the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in arts and culture
    • One of five successful projects to share in State Government funding worth more than $180,000 

    Big hART, an innovative arts and social change company has secured $38,300 in State Government funding to deliver a series of highly engaging virtual reality workshops for young people in Roebourne.

     

    Around the theme of Future Dreaming, the workshops give participants the opportunity to improve their digital skills, while telling their stories through virtual reality technology.

     

    Young mentors from Roebourne will help digital artist Stuart Campbell conduct the workshops and develop their own leadership skills in the process. A digital training space will also be activated as part of Big hART's residency at Ngurin Cultural Centre.

     

    Big hART has been active in the Roebourne community for several years and will provide the workshops as part of their New Roebourne Project, which aims to build leaders, engage young people and create strong pathways to digital futures.

     

    This funding is provided through the annual major grants round of the Community Engagement Grants Program, which is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

     

    Funding has been awarded to a range of projects across the state from circus in Mandurah and Broome, a multi arts event in the Gascoyne, and a writing project from Perth engaging with the Indian Ocean region.

     

    Comments attributed to Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman:

     

    "The Community Engagement Grants Program provides funding for activities that promote the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in arts and culture.

     

    "This is an exciting opportunity for young people, particularly those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, to use a new medium to tell their stories.

     

    "Virtual reality creates a space for those involved to imagine a better future for themselves and their community."

     

    Minister's office: 6552 5400