Esperance Community Arts to co-ordinate review of Esperance arts scene.

ECA volunteer Ophelia Van Blitterswyk, administration assistant Amanda Lee, with office mascot Ellie, and executive officer Jane Mulcock.

ECA volunteer Ophelia Van Blitterswyk, administration assistant Amanda Lee, with office mascot Ellie, and executive officer Jane Mulcock.

Esperance locals are being urged to participate in a formal review of arts resources and needs for the region.

Esperance Community Arts (ECA) is co-ordinating the review and says it will shape the long term future of arts and cultural activities in Esperance. Currently underway, the review aims to identify the best possible model for ongoing arts delivery and funding and will impact on local and state government support. ECA has secured $51,700 to fund the review. It received $20,000 through the Regional Arts Legacy Grant via Country Arts WA and a $31,700 capacity building grant from Lotterywest.

ECA executive officer Jane Mulcock said she is keen to engage the entire arts community in the review to gain a comprehensive coverage of the region.

“We have a very vibrant arts community in Esperance and we have more than 30 different groups that all participate in one way or another,” she said. “ECA provides support and promotion for 18 member groups, including the Cannery Arts Centre, along with other non-member groups and individual artists.

“This is an opportunity to think about visions and models for sustaining and developing the arts in Esperance. It involves a consultation process to support community-driven decisions about how to spend available arts funds for the greatest benefit. We want to get as many voices into the mix as we can.”

The review will run until September 30 and during this time Karrak Consulting consultants Kim Lisson and Annette Perrin will make two visits to Esperance to talk directly with people about arts needs. Ms Mulcock said nine community meetings have been scheduled, starting on July 27.

“Each of these will focus on a different type of arts participation including music, dance, crafts, writing, visual arts and photography and film making, theatre and performance, indigenous arts, arts business and tourism and community arts for health and wellbeing,” she said. “The success of the review depends on broad participation so that outcomes genuinely represent community priorities.”

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