Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Visit from Country Arts WA

Local Arts Funding Sessions

Well strike me roan, Country Arts WA (CAWA) were locked in to visit us! After some initial nerves had settled (these guys are one of our most valued funding bodies), we were very excited that Doone McAlary Regional Arts Development Coordinator, and Tegan Morey Regional Arts Development Officer were coming to deliver two Arts Funding Sessions.

We were excited because CAWA is important to us, we were excited because we had the chance to showcase our area and our latest project and exhibition, and we were excited because we had the chance to introduce fellow community members to CAWA. This was a great opportunity.

Two Arts Funding Sessions were offered. One in Hopetoun on Tuesday 13th September, and the other in Ravensthorpe Wednesday 14th September. It was a wonderful gesture to offer the two workshops because even though the two towns are only 50 kms from each other, after work, school drop offs and pickups, and shopping it makes for a busy week if much travel is involved.

The CAWA ladies talked us through funding and grant opportunities, with plenty of time for questions and comments. It can be a mine field when you are working through project funding, so it was nice that Doone and Tegan's delivery of information was relaxed yet on point. For those who were not familiar with CAWA, it was also a nice insight into their work in regional WA.
During their stay in Ravensthorpe, we invited Doone and Teagan to act as impartial judges to determine the winners of our Rags to Riches Exhibition. It was a hard task, but they were up for the challenge.

We thank participants for joining us in attending the Country Arts WA Arts Funding Sessions, and look forward to continuing community cohesion through the arts and culture.

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