Grant to share art, culture

Rob Shannon, Maree Yapp, David Acheson and Ro Burns are excited to get their projects going with the help of CASP funding.
Rob Shannon, Maree Yapp, David Acheson and Ro Burns are excited to get their projects going with the help of CASP funding.

Two local projects are among seven from around the region who will share $18,911 in funding for small arts projects.

Arts OutWest announced the seven successful local projects in the 2020 round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP).

Local groups Forbes Birth to Kinder and the Lachlan Galari Reconciliation Group received funding to the tune of $3000 and $2500 respectively.

"These seven projects offer exciting opportunities to communities, arts makers and audiences in the region," Arts OutWest Executive Director Tracey Callinan said.

Forbes Birth to Kinder will be using the money for drumming and music activities for small children in Forbes while the Lachlan Galari Reconciliation Group will put their grant towards screen printing and Wiradjuri language activities.

Ro Burns, who is working with Lachlan Galari Reconciliation Group, said the grant was aimed to help an artist to work with the community to create a design to be created into screen prints which will be put on calico bags and other items.

"The Reconciliation Group can take these bags to events and use it with the Language Group as well," she said.

The design will incorporate Wiradjuri words to assist with language.

David Acheson said it's about sharing and putting language out there to promote interest.

Maree Yapp, from Forbes Birth to Kinder said they came up with the idea of having early childhood percussion groups at low cost to families.

As part of providing these percussion groups, they needed to develop the capacity of people to teach children.

Ms Yapp said experienced percussion teacher Rob Shannon would be able to bring several people up to speed in teaching percussion through several workshops.

Ms Yapp said the when the percussion groups are running they would be open to Forbes families with preschool age children.

The percussion group is expected to start up around April or May.

CASP is a key regional arts funding program for NSW which provides support to employ artists in locally initiated arts and cultural projects. The aim is to provide access to arts activities for regional communities, to encourage communities to work together on cultural projects, to foster cultural diversity in the region and to ensure that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.

"There was such a great range of applications for 2020, the quality of applications coming for our region continues to be strong each year," Ms Callinan said.

For more information on the projects, follow Forbes Birth to Kinder and Lachlan Galari Reconciliation Group on Facebook.