Local organisations invited to submit grant applications

Hands Heart and Feet at last year's Winter Magic festival. Photo by David Brazil
Hands Heart and Feet at last year's Winter Magic festival. Photo by David Brazil

With grants of up to $2000 up for grabs, local community organisations and schools are this month being invited to submit their ideas for community arts projects for the 2020 Winter Magic Festival.

Festival president Naomi Parry said the Community Arts Project Grants Program was established last year to create opportunities for local community-driven creative engagement.

"The Community Arts Project Grants Program was one of the projects we were most proud of in our reconfigured Winter Magic Festival 2019. It was such a great success and I'm delighted we're able to continue with the grants program in 2020," Ms Parry said.

"In 2019 the Festival supported some fantastic arts projects from organisations including Toolo/Junction 142, Gateway Family Services, Katoomba High School and Wagana Aboriginal Dancers and we're excited to see what people in the community come up with for the 2020 Festival," she said.

Ms Parry said projects could include costume-making, performance (music, dance, poetry, comedy), composition, self-curated stages or spaces, exhibitions and demonstrations, installations, street theatre and activities.

"Our Community Arts Grants are all about enabling community members and arts workers to collaborate and produce new work, continuing the traditional role of the Winter Magic Festival as an incubator of community engagement in the arts in the Blue Mountains," Ms Parry said.

"Projects which bring colour, life, and spectacle to Katoomba Street throughout the day of the Festival and which have a wide community reach are particularly encouraged," she said.

Projects will be assessed on criteria including artistic and cultural merit, community engagement, potential for professional development outcomes and reference to the theme of winter solstice.

A maximum of $2000 in grant funding - to include all associated arts worker/tutor/facilitator fees, materials and equipment - will be available to successful applicants to help them deliver their projects, and/or spaces to present them.

Applications for Community Arts Project Grants close on December 2. For more information, answers to frequently asked questions and to make an application visit https://www.wintermagic.com.au/2020-community-arts-projects/.