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Council wants your feedback on RADF Grants program

Charters Towers Regional Council wants your ideas and thoughts on how to enliven this community through arts and cultural activities. Council is asking the entire community to complete a survey that aims to collect information relating to priorities, expectations, and ideas involving the development of arts and culture in our region. This survey is not only for artist and art lovers.

You may not think that you are a person that is involved, or interested for that matter, in arts and cultural activities. The fact is that if you have sat at a footy game and watched the half-time entertainment; that is an arts and cultural activity and you are an audience member. Everyone is a potential audience member or participant; it depends on the activity or event. An art and cultural event doesn’t have to be an exhibition of paintings or a concert, it could be an air brushing workshop at a car show, a trivia night based on local history or gastronomic creation demonstrations at a multi-cultural food markets.

Art can be a valuable tool in stimulating the success of a non-arts based event or activity. Incorporating art and culture activities into a non-arts event can have numerous benefits including: a potential increase in attendance numbers, value adding to the existing program, possible access to additional funds, a potential increase the number of volunteers willing to be involved and possible creation of partnerships.  Thinking outside-of-the-box can make Charters Towers an even more interesting place to live in and visit.

The information gathered from this survey would be used to set the arts and cultural priorities for 2015-2016 and allow Council to prioritize RADF funding accordingly, as well as develop strategic initiatives that address the identified priorities. With a clear and complete vision for what the community wants, Council will be equipped to submit an application for funding to Arts Queensland for RADF funding that will aim to produce outcomes to address the identified priorities.

If you can identify events or activities that are missing or underdeveloped in our community, Council would be very interested in finding out what the community want to be part of. If you feel certain artforms are currently lacking or non-existent and would be valued by the community, Council would like to hear about that. If you feel that there should be a focus on activities or projects for certain demographics in the community, Council would like your input on that. If there are areas of professional development or community training that you would like to participate in, this is your chance to communicate these wants. If you are or your organisation is planning an arts project for 2015-2016, Council would like to hear your ideas.

You can obtain a copy of the survey from City Hall or download an electronic copy here. Please  return your completed form to Council before Wednesday 8 April 2015.

MG 25 March 2015

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