ARTS OutWest's arts and aged care project, Virtual Art Snacks, is one of seven to share in over $668,000 Renewal funding in NSW.
NSW is the first state to award Renewal funds under the Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost Program.
The Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost is a $10 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government in April 2020 as part of the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.
It responds to the difficulties experienced by regional artists, arts organisations and communities who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.
"The RAF Recovery Boost has provided much-needed support for artists and arts organisations across NSW that have been hit very hard with the succession of natural disasters and COVID-19," Regional Arts NSW CEO Elizabeth Rogers said.
"The projects funded in NSW demonstrated that regional arts organisations had well-thought-out strategic projects with multiple partners that will assist their communities in the future recovery process."
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Australian Government is proud to support regional arts and culture through the Regional Arts Fund, and warmly congratulates the NSW recipients.
VIRTUAL ART SNACKS
VIRTUAL Art Snacks will train rural artists and health workers to deliver a program of short, sequential cross-artform activities to residents and carers in aged care.
The project is a piece of action research, trialling and assessing different creative online experiences, plus six face-to-face residencies.
Working with Western NSW Local Health District's 25 Multipurpose Services spread across the regions covered by Arts OutWest, Orana Arts and Outback Arts, the online sessions can continue throughout any COVID-19 restrictions while also finding new ways of providing better quality of care and increased access to creative opportunities for aged care residents and carers.
This program has come from the pilot work we've done in Oberon MPS and Grenfell MPS.
Also of direct connection to the Central West are the programs of the Aboriginal Regional Arts Alliance (which involves our Aboriginal arts development officer Aleshia Lonsdale) and the Outback Theatre for Young People program, which will see a return to Lake Cargelligo/Condobolin to continue the excellent work that Outback Theatre for Young People developed in Lake in 2017-18.