Arts, culture share funds
SIXTEEN groups share $22,000 of Coffs Harbour City Council funds in the 2008-09 round of the council's Arts and Cultural Small Grants Program.
The projects being supported range from the Curryfest to youth character development.
Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades said most of the people involved in the funded projects were volunteers who put huge amounts of their own time into their particular group or society, purely through a love of the arts and each of these groups played a vital role in the development of arts and culture in the community.
He said the growth of arts, culture and the creative industries in the Coffs Harbour area was a sign of the ever-increasing importance of the arts in the well-being of the whole community.
The full list of recipients is as follows: Uturn Ministries for a series of workshops in youth character development; FOCUS for visual art exhibitions and workshops; Orara High School P&C to establish a multicultural dance group; Ted Noffs Foundation for workshops to promote well-being in young people; CHEC Multicultural Festival Committee for the festival; Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce for the Curryfest; Coffs Harbour PCYC for multicultural youth workshops; Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga Girl Guides for their international multicultural Families Day; Friends of the Botanic Garden for the Botanical Jazz concert series; Short Sharp Film Festival to help finance the festival; Coffs City Choir for their regular performances; Coffs Harbour City Orchestra for performances showcasing local talent; Woolgoolga Art Group to support the 24th Lillipilli Art Exhibition; Coffs Harbour Regional Workplace Learning Group for circus skills and public performances; Latinos and Friends Mid North Coast Association for Latino dance workshops and performances.