14 July 2016 Arts Groups Get Funds to Innovate

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14 July 2016 Arts Groups Get Funds to Innovate

Ten local arts and cultural groups were given a slice of nearly $35,000 from Council at a presentation at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery to bring innovative shows, activities and learning experiences to the Coffs Coast community.

A total of $34,970 in funds will be used for a diverse range of activities including a youth film-makers festival, cultural performances, radio broadcasting training for young mums and an arts-based program aimed at helping women recover from trauma or mental health issues.

Council annually offers up to $5,000 funding assistance per project through its Arts and Cultural Development SmallGrants program.​

“There are some amazing projects about to be started and I can’t wait to see the results,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight, who will present the grants. “What I like most about the list of winners is that the ideas are so diverse and innovative.”

The grant-winners were:

- Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce - Punjabi Cultural Celebration.

- Woolgoolga Art Group Inc. - Lillipilli Art Exhibition 2016.

- Orara High School - Gunganbu - Gardens of Belonging Cultural Installation Performances to be held at the Jetty Memorial Theatre.

- Bunker Cartoon Gallery - Cartooning Workshops.

- Screenwave Inc. – ‘Rec ya Shorts’ Youth Film Festival.

- Coffs Harbour High School - 'Miimiga' original cross-cultural musical theatre incorporating Gumbaynggirr creation stories.

- Boambee East Community Centre Inc. - Winter Solstice Community Festival.

- Community Media CHY Limited - Mums on the Air radio broadcasting training project.

- Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services Cooperative Ltd – ‘A Stream of Joy’ program offered to women who have been through trauma, violence or suffering from mental health issues.

- Julie Ross Dance Studio – Summer Dance Workshops Training and Cultural Moves.​