Arts program for Wanneroo and outer metro areas

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Outer metropolitan communities will have more opportunities to participate in arts and cultural experiences thanks to a new pilot program starting next month.

WANNEROO artists may be able to benefit from a state government program which aims to boost arts and culture in outer metropolitan areas.

The outer metro arts grant program provides up to $50,000 for targeted local governments to partner with state funded arts entities and community organisations to present a broad range of activities.

The local governments invited to apply to the pilot are the cities of Wanneroo, Swan, Kalamunda, Armadale, Kwinana and Rockingham as well as the shires of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Mundaring.

The program complements local creative strengths and existing programs to increase participation and relevance to the local community.

Projects will support professional development opportunities for local artists, build capacity within the local government and contribute to the liveability of outer metropolitan Perth.

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said the program was a response to the exponential growth of outer metropolitan communities.

“In fact, our outer metropolitan communities make up 75 per cent of Perth’s overall population growth,’’ he said.

“Serpentine-Jarrahdale is also the fastest growing region in Australia with a population increase of 51 per cent between 2011 and 2016.

“This program will build local capacity, ensuring more arts and cultural experiences presented in outer metro communities are also made by, and for, the local communities.”