Value of arts recognised

Creative buzz: Local artists, Jeane Aitchison and Taya Scholz, our ESHS work placement student, working on an installation of native blue-banded bees for the 2019 Esperance Wildflower Festival. Photo: Thuriyya Ibrahim.
Creative buzz: Local artists, Jeane Aitchison and Taya Scholz, our ESHS work placement student, working on an installation of native blue-banded bees for the 2019 Esperance Wildflower Festival. Photo: Thuriyya Ibrahim.

Esperance Community Arts congratulates the Shire of Esperance on significantly increasing its investment this year in arts and cultural activities through its Community Development Fund. At a public meeting on June 11, council acknowledged the value of arts to our community by allocating over $90,000 (combined) to Esperance Community Arts and the Cannery Arts Centre. In doing so, the Shire also acknowledged the value of the very different programs, approaches and target audiences of the two organisations and the enormous volunteer contributions involved in running them.

This investment from local government will allow Esperance Community Arts to continue partnering with local organisations and artists to source external funding and to provide other resources and services that help to facilitate local creative initiatives with a strong focus on inclusivity and accessibility.

The Esperance Shire Council has also invested significantly in the production of an independent film in Esperance next year, and in the creation of large-scale artworks for the Esperance Civic Centre (the call for tenders is currently open). Other arts groups and arts-related community events that received funding include the Esperance Brass Band, Moving Movies, Kids Fun Day Out, Esperance Foreshore Festival & Fireworks, Condingup Fair and Hope FM Community Radio. Arts & cultural activities have such an important role to play in our community; support from local government makes a significant contribution to the ongoing vibrancy of this sector.

The recent appointment of Ken Mills, Chairperson of Esperance Community Arts and the Esperance Brass Band, to the Board of Country Arts WA, also means arts and culture in our region will be well-promoted and represented at the State level. We are also excited to announce a new three-year Healthway sponsorship which will allow us to support five new ongoing partnership projects starting in July, but more news of those to come. In the mean-time we are are about to start work on the third mural in the Wanju Nyungar Boodja Welcome to Country project, our volunteers are continuing to work on installations of native blue-banded bees and Australian Painted Lady butterflies for the Esperance Wildflower Festival and other projects are in negotiation.

For more on how to get involved in upcoming projects please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, email us (admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au), or visit us at 67 Dempster Street from 10am -2pm Tuesday - Friday. You can also visit our website (http://esperancecommunityarts.org.au/ ) and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.