39 arts organizations and individuals received Re-imagine funding specifically targeted at reviving the sector, ranging from digitization projects, mentorship programs and educational resources.
The Re-imagine Fund: Sector Recovery Initiatives was announced by the Australian Council in 2020, as part of a phased strategic plan to help the wider arts sector bounce back from the impacts of COVID.
Today, he announced that 39 apps have been supported through two streams: cultural and creative solutions and industry collaborations – for a total of $ 2.4 million.
Sector Development Manager Jade Lillie said: “ Australia’s creative and cultural industries are vital to our recovery from the impact of COVID-19, supporting our well-being, contributing to domestic tourism and supporting the economy. ”
“This is a timely and strategic investment to ensure a resilient and prosperous future for Australian creativity and culture,” added Lillie.
In a brief overview, the funds provide strong support to First Nations arts and culture organizations (including Ilbijerri, KALACC – Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Center Aboriginal Corporation, Aboriginal Art Center Hub of WA, Tranby, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Gujaga , Digi Youth Arts).
Of note Digi Youth Arts – the QLD-based nonprofit – will use its $ 50,000 grant to create new mentoring opportunities for young music programmers and emerging First Nations creative producers as part of a broader initiative to increase the number of First Nations. Programmers and music producers in Australia.
The Western Australia Aboriginal Art Center – the premier body of art centers in Western Australia – received $ 100,000 for new technology to connect arts centers across Australia to promote best practices and meet the demand for authentic First Nations artwork.
Organizations that work with people with disabilities also feature prominently in the list, including Arts Access Australia with a grant of $ 98,000, and Dirty Feet and Studio A with $ 50,000.
Studio A will develop a new project offering educational resources for schools, and to further highlight the talents of artists with disabilities.
Regional Arts Australia received $ 50,000 to ensure recovery goes beyond our capitals, while the organization supporting the diverse practice, Contemporary Asian Australian Performance received a grant of just under $ 50,000 and Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) with a $ 100,000 grant to support the digital transformation and delivery of Australia’s largest regional and remote arts gathering, Artlands.
Technology was a theme in a number of fundraising projects. Sydney Review of Books will use its funding to produce a weekly Works Cited online literary newsletter that will bring together non-fiction news and give Australian writers an additional platform.
ArtsPay received $ 97,000 as a new tech startup that will divert profits to the arts. This initiative will support a collaboration between ArtsPay, artists and social enterprise experts aimed at creating new, innovative and sustainable sources of funding for the arts, led by artists.
Queensland-based Creative Recovery Network will create a new task force with its $ 100,000 grant to support communities affected by natural disasters with creative initiatives that support well-being and recovery.
A complete list of recipients is available on the Australia Council website.