Small Town Transformations returns with $350,000 for six big projects

Posted in Communities on 12/Oct/2015 11:40

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley MP has today announced the return of the Small Town Transformations program, managed by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government. 

Six small towns with populations of 2,000 or less will be eligible for $350,000 to realise creative projects to transform their community.

Expressions of interest from towns will open early November 2015. Regional Arts Victoria will host information sessions and workshops across the state for communities interested in taking part. Stay tuned for these dates.

Read the Media Release

From Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Esther Anatolitis: 

Are you someone with plenty of big ideas for your small town, but no means for realising creative projects?

Are you an artist, designer, architect, games developer, curator, producer or thinker whose big ideas for small town projects have too often been constrained by time and resources?

Are you a regional community leader who’s seen plenty of big ideas come… and go?

This is your opportunity.

Small Town Transformations once again offers $350,000 for collaborative projects that will leave a lasting legacy of creativity and artistic passion.

Six small towns. $350,000 each. Over two years. For a project that realises a big idea.

For the 19,000 of us who experienced the first Small Town Transformations projects, it’s been an inspiring and a humbling experience. The generosity we’ve seen has been astounding. Art is a way of thinking, a way of seeing the world, and a way of expressing complex ideas. It takes great courage to project those ideas onto your entire town, casting them out into new places, taking on a custodial role as well as taking new risks. I invite you to take a good long look around the Small Town Transformations website and explore what the creative communities of Avoca, Dookie, Natimuk, Neerim South and Ouyen have made possible.

Transformative ideas are collaborative. They bring people together to make things, to learn new ways of doing things. To work with our hands, our minds and our hearts. To uncover memories and tell stories. To discover new strengths by funding new ways to express ourselves. In doing so, we create the spaces where new ideas can emerge.

Coming together to imagine the artistic transformation of your entire town takes this intimate collaboration to a whole new place.

When you’re challenged to articulate a vision, that vision once formed does not go away. It’s persistent; it nags at you; it calls for all your creative energies.

How can art transform your town?

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Expressions of interest from towns will open early November 2015

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