Regional Arts NSW and Regional Arts Development Officers delivered 11 regional workshops in November and December 2012. The workshops encouraged networks in the arts and disability sectors and partnerships between the sectors. The Access All Areas workshops were facilitated by Anne Dunn.
The workshops helped equip regional arts and disability organisations to develop applications for the Year 2 programs and workshops funding under the Partnership. 143 people participated in the 11 workshops, representing 67 disability organisations and 53 arts organisations. The workshops were held at: Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bega, Dubbo, Griffith, Lismore, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Singleton, Wagga Wagga.
A 10 minute video produced by Regional Arts NSW and screened at the workshops showcased examples of professional arts programs for people with disability in regional areas. Access All Areas: A Passport to Partnerships for Artists of All Abilities Nomad Films Albury: The workshops raised awareness of the potential for developing arts and disability projects that could significantly contribute to the quality of life of people of all abilities.
The content of the workshops was designed to build capacity in its coverage of the challenges related to working with people with disability, grant writing skills and the range of arts funding programs available for projects.
For many participants, particularly those from the disability sector, this was the first professional development opportunity to develop an arts program that they had attended.
The video produced for the workshops had a strong focus on the quality and professionalism of arts programs and this was reinforced through discussion in the workshops.
30 of the 63 applications for Year 2 projects under the partnership came from regional NSW. Six of the 15 Year 2 projects (40% of recommended projects) are taking place in regional NSW: Bega, Far South Coast, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Lismore and Newcastle.
Disability organisation RED Inc met Sprung! Integrated Dance Theatre at the Lismore workshop. Their joint Year 2 application Triple Bill was funded under the partnership. Triple Bill developed three works in contemporary dance, theatre and hip-hop for 25 people with disability.
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