Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed the Victorian Government’s funding announcement for two prominent arts organisations, totalling more than $1.4 million.
Kaiela Arts received a Creative Enterprise Grant of $1million as well as a $44,000 Covid-19 recovery payment, while the Shepparton Arts Festival was granted $400,000. Kaiela Arts will receive $250,000 per year for the next four years, instead of the Victorian Government’s previous $75,000 annual investment and Shepparton Festival’s allocation of funds was boosted from $75,000 annually to $100,000 for the next four years.
Ms Sheed was pleased with the funding allocation and said it showed the Victorian Government saw the hard work and dedication of the Shepparton arts community.
“While one-off grants are always welcome, recurrent funding of these organisations is important to ensure their ongoing viability and continuity within our community,” Ms Sheed said. “To have the assurance of funding for several years in advance is welcome and particularly in the environment that has been extremely challenging over the course of the last two years.
“We have some of the most spectacular arts initiatives right on our doorstep and every year they are gaining more popularity with our residents and visitors.
“These organisations each offer ways to showcase our strong cultural history, our friendly and diverse community, and the talents of our local artists.
“The injection of $1 million to Kaiela Arts will strengthen the gallery’s position in the new Shepparton Arts Museum, making it a drawcard for visitors from far and wide to see our stunning Indigenous art and heritage on display.
“It will not only attract art enthusiasts as well as those interested in our rich Indigenous history, but also give First Nations people further opportunity to express their creativity through traditional artwork and teach the community about their culture.
“I was pleased to be able to arrange a meeting for the Minister for Creative Arts Danny Pearson with representatives of the Shepparton Arts Festival when he was in Shepparton in early December, and he was able to see firsthand the new home of Kaiela Arts at the Shepparton Art Museum opening event.
“This funding represents a generous increase in recurrent funding enabling both organisations to continue and expand their offerings to the Goulburn Valley community.”
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