Arts OutWest have granted a share of $19,000 in funding for arts projects across the Central West with Forbes receiving funding for two out of seven projects in the region. With an aim to provide arts activities to communities in regional NSW, the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) 2020 will support the implementation of screen printing and Wiradjuri language activities in Forbes, as well as drumming and music activities for children.
By encouraging communities to work together on cross cultural artistic projects, CASP supports cultural diversity within communities and ensures that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.
Some of the projects receiving funding are fibre weaving and art installation workshops with young people in Spring Terrace, creative arts activities for LGBTQIA identifying women in Bathurst and skills workshops for visual artists in Canowindra.
Arts OutWest is a regional arts development organisation servicing Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin. Arts OutWest Executive Director Tracey Callinan said, “These seven projects offer exciting opportunities to communities, arts makers and audiences in the region. They also provide employment opportunities to local artists.”