Dookie transformed a quarry into an open-air arts venue, Natimuk turned a nature strip into a community arts space and Neerim South created a giant new sculpture to mark the town entrance – and now, six new towns will be transformed by creativity following the return of the Small Town Transformations program.
“Creativity and innovation are hallmarks of life across Victoria in communities of all sizes,” says Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley. “Our creative industries can transform both people and places, and contribute immeasurable cultural, social and economic benefits to our towns and our state.”
Managed by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, the Small Town Transformations program invites small towns across the state to embark on an ambitious creative project that will bring the community together with professional artists and create a lasting legacy.
The program offers $350,000 for the six strongest creative proposals that will deliver cultural, social and economic benefits to their town. Projects can use a wide range of creative forms, from design to performance, game development, film-making and visual arts. The program is now open to towns with a population of 2,000 people or less – so more than 310 towns will be eligible.
“What a thrilling opportunity to embed creative practice into the fabric of your town,” says Esther Anatolitis, Director of Regional Arts Victoria.”I can’t wait to see what the next Small Town Transformations towns come up with.”
Expressions of interest will open on Monday 9 November 2015 and close on Friday 5 February 2016. Regional Arts Victoria will host information sessions and workshops across the state for communities interested in taking part.
For more information, visit www.smalltowns.rav.net.au for details.
Image: Dookie Quarry projections – photo by Serana Hunt