Six local arts and culture projects to benefit from RADF allocations

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Six local arts and culture projects to benefit from RADF allocations

Gladstone Regional Council has endorsed recommendations to grant $30,463 to support six local arts and culture projects.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said organisations, groups and individuals would benefit from the 2016-17 Round One Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) allocations.

The RADF program, established in 1991, is a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership supporting development of local arts and culture.

"This funding will provide financial assistance for projects involving community arts, visual arts, music and community cultural development," Councillor Burnett said.

Council's Environment & Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Cindi Bush said the grants supported professional development and assisted artists to attend workshops or gain tutelage.

"RADF provides those involved with arts and culture in the Gladstone Region with the ability to widen their experiences and learn from others renowned in their field," Cr Bush said.

"Valuable skills learnt are then shared and developed within our community and further enrich art and culture in our region."

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.

"The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to leverage up to $1.92 million from local councils resulting in up to $4 million available to support arts and cultural activities throughout the state in 2016–17," the Premier said.

"This funding promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally.

"Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members."