Arts for re­gion

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Moira Arts & Cul­ture Inc. can ap­ply for a grant un­der the Small Re­gional Pre­sen­ters pro­gram.

Vic­to­rian Creative In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Martin Fo­ley on Fri­day an­nounced more than $60 000 was avail­able to help small com­mu­ni­ties bring arts to their area.

MAC Inc. trea­surer Lou Ha­mon said the arts group had ap­plied for Small Re­gional Pre­sen­ters grants in the past and would look to do so again if pos­si­ble.

‘‘These grants would en­able Moira Arts & Cul­ture Inc. to bring high qual­ity pro­fes­sional per­for­mances to Moira Shire, en­abling the com­mu­nity to en­joy the arts with­out hav­ing to travel to larger metro or re­gional cen­tre’s,’’ he said.

Last year, MAC Inc. re­ceived $3350 for four per­for­mances in the Cafe Cul­ture Se­ries — I Vi­ag­gia­tori, Sonido Fla­menco, Bush Gothic and The Wiki­men.

The pro­gram was cre­ated to in­crease the qual­ity and va­ri­ety of cul­tural events and ac­tiv­i­ties in small re­gional towns and to give lo­cal creative groups the chance to pro­gram shows which res­onate with lo­cal au­di­ences.

Un­like a tra­di­tional tour­ing model, which sup­ports artists to take their work on the road, the pro­gram sup­ports venues or pre­sen­ters who are ‘on the ground’ to at­tract shows to their area.

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