Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Arts and disability groups share over $520,000 to support people with disability

28 March 2013

Minister for the Arts, George Souris, and Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today announced grants totalling more than $520,000 to support projects that promote inclusion and access to the arts for people with disability.

Mr Souris said fifteen arts organisations from as far afield as Lismore, Bega and Wagga Wagga, as well as Sydney-based groups, will receive funding of between $20,000 and $40,000 each to deliver high-quality arts projects involving people with disability.

"The 2013 Arts and Disability Project Funding provides grants to support a diverse range of new or expanded projects across all art forms accessible by people with disability and delivered by professional artists," Mr Souris said.

"The funding is part of the $1.5 million the Government has committed to boost access and inclusion in arts and cultural activities for people with disability across NSW.

"The grants will go to support varied programs in dance, theatre, writing, multi-media, music and visual arts to encourage creative participation by people with disability."

Mr Constance said the two-year NSW Arts and Disability Partnership between Arts NSW and Ageing, Disability and Home Care is funded under the Government's Stronger Together 2 disability service plan.

"Projects such as these can make a real difference by engaging people with disability, building self-esteem, pride, enjoyment and social and creative networks," Mr Constance said.

"It is particularly pleasing that many of the funded projects involve collaborations and partnerships between the professional arts and disability sectors in NSW.

"This project funding is part of the Government's commitment to increase opportunities for people with disability, so they can get involved in their local arts projects that deliver greater social inclusion and inspire creative work."

Recipients of 2013 Arts and Disability Project Funding (PDF)

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