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New arts funding to assist people with a disability

28 March 2012

The NSW Government is committing $1.5 million to increase access to arts and cultural activities for people with a disability.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts, George Souris, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ageing, Disability and Home Care and Arts NSW.

“The allocation of funds, through Stronger Together 2, is over a two-year period and will contribute to our implementation of the National Disability Strategy,” Mr Constance said.

“This initiative provides a partnership to enhance the participation of people with a disability in the arts.

“Giving people with a disability more opportunities to take part in the arts will help build self-confidence and self-worth and contribute to a more socially inclusive NSW.

“This commitment is also a tribute to the significant contributions people with a disability make to arts and culture in NSW and will provide even more opportunities for them to live creative lives, fulfil their artistic aspirations and gain employment.”

The partnership will focus on:

  • Increasing participation by people with a disability in arts programs;
  • Providing more support for the professional development of artists with a disability; and
  • Supporting employment and volunteering opportunities for people with disabilities in the arts and cultural sector.

Mr Souris said the arts programs will include workshops in theatre, dance, music and visual arts as well as individually-tailored development opportunities for artists with a disability, not only in metropolitan areas but also regional NSW.

“Art is for everyone and we encourage people with a disability to participate as creators, participants and audiences,” Mr Souris said.

“These programs will enable people with a disability to further demonstrate their talents and achievements to the wider community and ensure their contributions are a valued and visible component of our culture.

“Through the partnership, Ageing, Disability and Home Care and Arts NSW will work with selected organisations that have a track record in delivering high quality arts programs and projects for people with a disability in NSW.”

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