Royalties for Regions Success | Vancouver Arts Centre
Albany is a port city in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.
The Vancouver Arts Centre is a community based arts organisation whose key purpose is to develop the creative capacity of their community. The Royalty for Regions Creative Regions investment into the arts organisation helped to deliver the ‘Snake Run’ project where local artists were given an opportunity to develop their skills and to add to the cultural life of their region. ‘Snake Run’ was a large-scale arts project delivered in partnership with the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF).
The project celebrated the 40th anniversary of one of the oldest existing skate parks in the world generating huge interest from the community which helped to further showcase the work from local art workers. Most powerful of all was the chance to see the 14 local skateboarders perform and the sense of pride and accomplishment the men and boys felt when they described the creative process to their friends and family. This project represents the key role arts can play in celebrating life and community.
“The project delivered paid employment for many regionally based artists. Due to the partnership with PIAF, substantial resources made possible a three week creative development period for the team that directly contributed to a high-quality artistic outcome. Almost all artists live in the Great Southern and the skills development achieved through this project has already had an impact on their future work.”
Amber Perryman, Vancouver Arts Centre Coordinator
Impact of the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions in the community:
- People Reached: 36,792
- Community Participation: 2,158
- Job Opportunities Created: 83
- Extra Funding Leveraged: $26,400
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Why is Vote Arts important?
This recommitment and continuation of funding in 2020 to 2024 is necessary to build on the tangible social and economic returns that have been delivered by the Royalties for Regions Creative Regions Program which saw $24 million invested over four years (2015-2019) in regional arts in Western Australia. These critical funds has had proven results in creating hundreds of regional employment opportunities, delivery of over 900 new arts projects, and enhanced skills of artists and arts workers.
This is further outlined in the Regional Arts Policy Framework that was launched at steps of Parliament House in October 2016. The framework provides analysis of the significant social and economic benefits that have been delivered through the Government’s $24 million Royalties for Regions Creative Regions Program.
Art creates opportunities for social interaction, inclusion and community cohesion. As more people become involved in regional arts, through one-one-one interaction with an arts organisation or participation in a funded project, our regional communities become more creative, connected and dynamic places to live. This is why we are calling for Western Australians to Vote Arts in their regional communities.