CANBERRA LIBERALS PLANS TO SEE THE ARTS THRIVE

Today the Canberra Liberals have announced more than $16 million in exciting new initiatives to encourage the growth of the Arts in the ACT, Shadow Minister for Arts Nicole Lawder said today.

“A Canberra Liberals Government will commit to new infrastructure, additional incentives for excellence and getting the best from our current Arts institutions,” Ms Lawder said.

“Our plans to foster the Arts include:

 $15 million for the Belconnen Arts, Entertainment and Cultural Centre to complete the second stage of its development.

 $750,000 for two new Arts administrators who will assist in developing a long term Arts strategy including; long term plans for the Canberra Museum and Gallery, an emphasis on Arts in schools, evaluating further development of the Ainslie, Gorman House and Kingston Arts precincts and exploring opportunities for private/government collaborations.

 $225,000 for new ‘Canberra Arts Awards’ across a range of catagories including; performance, painting, drawing sculpting and more.

 $100,000 to foster the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards.

 “Canberra has a thriving Arts scene that can be improved with local government support. Our plans to boost the Belconnen Arts Centre, develop longer term plans for our existing Arts facilities and incentivise Arts through new awards will add to a richer society for all Canberrans,” Ms Lawder concluded.