Labor Member for Western Victoria has welcomed the announcement of $675,000 funding to ensure Warrnambool receives more high quality arts and cultural experiences.
The Warrnambool Art Gallery ($300,000) and the Lighthouse Theatre ($375,000) will receive a boost which will see more entertainment and opportunities for young and old in Warrnambool.
The Andrews Labor Government will invest $10 million over the next three years to 33 arts venues across regional Victoria through Creative Victoria’s Regional Partnerships program.
Regional Victoria will benefit from a major investment in the state’s extensive network of regional art galleries and performing arts centres.
This boost will ensure access to high quality arts and cultural experiences for communities across the state, increasing employment and tourism opportunities in regional Victoria and enable regional cultural facilities to leverage further investment and income.
Seven of the venues will receive support to encourage more families throughout regional Victoria to be part of their work. The new program will see venues work closely with small Victorian communities to give locals a greater opportunity to experience the arts.
Providing creative opportunities for young people is a strong focus, with Ballarat Art Gallery to host activities for toddlers and their parents and Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery to run creative workshops for local young people.
More information regarding successful recipients can be found at www.creative.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria:
“This funding will ensure our local venues maintain their crucial place at the heart of community life.”
“These venues will have a significant economic and social contribution to their communities, their regions and to our creative state.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“We want to ensure that all Victorians – no matter where they live – have the opportunity to unlock their creative potential and experience the benefits of creative activity.”