20 local artists and community organisations can create new artwork, make original music and develop their creative skills with funding assistance through the Blacktown City Council 2017 Creative Arts Fund.
The skills being supported include singing, songwriting, web narratives, film-making, weaving, textiles, book-making, and multi-media performance works.
“The Creative Arts Fund is an initiative by Blacktown City Council, where $40,000 worth of grants are awarded annually to local individuals and organisations to encourage artistic endeavours in Blacktown,” said Councillor Stephen Bali, Mayor of Blacktown City.
“I’m proud to be the Mayor of a city which has a long and distinguished history of investing in arts and culture.”
“We recognise that creativity plays an essential role in building a united, dynamic and sustainable community, and the creation of opportunities for local artists is one of the main priorities of Council’s Cultural Plan.”
Grants of up to $3,000 have been awarded to 6 community organisations.
Grants of up to $2,000 have been awarded to 14 individuals and artist groups.
“The Creative Arts Fund provides local artists with a unique opportunity for professional development,” said Jenny Bisset, Manager, Arts & Cultural Development Section Blacktown City Council.
“It gives developing artists the opportunity to explore creative connections with communities and experiment with new art forms.
“This is how we like to make art in Blacktown: we build connections, encourage innovation and nurture local talent,” she said.
Read the full list of recipients, and a brief desciption of the individual projects at blacktownarts.com.au