Arts fund­ing to cel­e­brate Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture

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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.

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