The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) committee is making sure community have access to funds that can support arts and culture in the region in many different ways.
RADF launched a brand new website, recently appointed new members for their committee and held a community event on Friday 1 July 2016 at the Ilfracombe Recreational Centre. The event not only promoted the RADF website www.longreachradf.com but also showcased a diversity of projects funded by RADF.
These funds are making a difference in our community, allowing arts and culture to be explored, disseminated and developed in the region. "Without this fund people would have succumbed to the impacts of the drought by not having a way to get together, create and distract from the daily stress" – says Fiona Owens, chair of the RADF committee.
RADF has funded projects in photography, music, hat making, painting, mosaics, leather book binding and work, arts and crafts, dance and many other art forms all over the Longreach region.
The last two years alone, more than $75,000 was used to fund projects in the region, benefiting the community with opportunities for social engagement and interaction that are greater than the arts alone.
Longreach Regional Council and RADF Committee encourage everyone to apply for those funds, making the most out of that opportunity and increasing the art flow in the region. "The more programs and projects we fund, the greater are the chances to get RADF state grant the next year", says Flavia Prospero, Longreach Regional Council Community Development Manager.