A public art project designed to celebrate diversity and Inverell’s wildlife has secured funding through a Country Art Support Program grant (CASP).
Inverell Art Society’s project, to be created for the 2019 Sapphire City Festival parade, is one of six from across the New England North West region to have been awarded a CASP grant. CASP aims to bolster community spirit throughout the state by encouraging people to create and experience local art projects.
The local project will involve young people aged between 12-18 years, invited from schools, youth groups and diverse communities. The young artists will construct sculptures of Black Swans from paper and crane, a fitting tribute to a town whose name means ‘meeting place of the swans’. The swans will then be mounted and carried through the main streets for the annual parade.
“I congratulate the successful applicants and really look forward to seeing these projects roll out in 2019,” Arts North West executive director, Caroline Downer said.
“The diversity of the successful projects will make a valuable contribution to the arts and cultural landscape in the New England North West.”
Other successful projects include community storytelling sessions at the New England Writer’s Centre to connect with refugees, a series of Aboriginal arts and cultural workshops, a matriarchal image reclamation workshop and a hip hop/music production workshop in Armidale, as well as a street art and mural project for Gunnedah’s CBD.
CASP is administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.
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