Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has welcomed the Australian Government’s funding for a project to help maintain Arrernte women’s culture contained in song and dance.
“$39,800 has been provided to Blackfella Films to hold camps which will involve elder women and younger women in teaching, rehearsing, performing and recording songs and dances,” Senator Scullion said.
“The focus of the camp is to pass the songs of Arrernte women on to the next generation.
“The camps will be held in the Desert Knowledge Precinct outside Alice Springs over five weeks, with each family group coming to the camp one at a time.
“One of Australia’s leading ethnomusicologists and linguists will work in partnership with Arrernte women to comprehensively document and archive the recordings so they may be available into the future,” Senator Scullion said.
A total of $500,000 in Australia Council grants have been provided to support the creation and promotion of new work, and the development of arts practice across a wide range of art forms by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts organisations.
The Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, said that through these grants artists and arts organisations will be supported to create new work through projects in urban, regional and remote areas.
“The Australian Government is committed to supporting artistic excellence and increased audience access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts in all parts of the country and internationally,” Senator Brandis said.
Artists and arts organisations will also be supported to pursue opportunities to develop their arts practice through mentorships, arts workshops, professional development programs and attendance at conferences and seminars.
For more information on funding opportunities available through the Australia Council visitwww.australiacouncil.gov.au. Applications for the next round of Australia Council grants close on Tuesday 2 June 2015.
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