Arts funding to celebrate Aboriginal culture
Esperance Community Arts has secured $200,000 in funding for six projects that will celebrate Aboriginal culture in the region.
The funding, provided through Department of Communities’ Indigenous Languages and Arts Program, will support three major feature projects and three ongoing projects across the next two years.
Each project aims to increase community familiarity with the Wudjari language, a critically endangered dialect only spoken by a few people.
The funding will support the Act-Belong-Commit Warang Kaddatji Theatre project already operating, a mural project set for next year and a songwriting project in 2020.
Esperance Girls’ Academy and Esperance Clontarf Academy will also benefit from the funding and run culture camps for students.
Additionally, the funding will support the expansion of the Yarning and Healing Dolls program — teaching Noongar doll-making techniques, eco-dyeing and basketmaking skills — and support Escare Incorporated to develop an intergenerational indigenous arts and crafts program.
The two-year program is in partnership with Escare Incorporated and Seawater Families and Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation.