FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to the arts, with the announcement of nearly $600,000 over four years for Umi Arts.
“This funding grant of $594,180 will help Umi Arts continue to deliver quality services and programs to Indigenous arts organisations all across Far North Queensland,” said Mr Entsch.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how it will help them to deepen audience engagement, and expand markets for local artists.
“Support for our visual artists is important for the arts and cultural sector all across Queensland, and so I’m pleased to see all levels of government working together to support this important creative practice,” he said.
Mr Entsch said that, by securing ongoing funding for four years, Umi Arts will be able to become an even stronger, more resilient organisation and continue to provide support and opportunities for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
The Australian Government’s Visual Arts and Craft Strategy delivers a nationally coordinated joint package of funding and support in two streams that focus on national and state and territory priorities for the Australian contemporary visual arts sector – promoting creative work by living visual artists and craft practitioners and the organisations that support their practice.
Funding for the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy is a commitment of all governments in Australia, as agreed through the Meeting of Cultural Ministers.
More information on the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy is available at www.australiacouncil.gov.au/artforms/visual-arts/