The Australian Government has today announced funding of more than $3 million for 59 projects that help keep Indigenous languages alive and showcase Australia's traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expressions.
"Art is essential to any culture, creating a sense of cultural identity and pride and these projects play an important role in helping to sustain and strengthen our Indigenous communities," Minister Fifield said.
In 2015-16, the projects stream of the Indigenous Languages and Arts program will provide funding of up to $100,000 per project to develop, produce, present, exhibit or perform traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts projects.
"The funding will increase audience engagement with a diverse range of Indigenous art forms, contribute to a strong sense of cultural identity and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and support new forms of Indigenous cultural expression through art," Minister Fifield.
Funded activities include a touring theatre production, a multi-arts project, a contemporary dance theatre production, a collaborative cultural project aimed at reviving Indigenous languages, a community led film and photographic exhibition, a large scale artwork developed by elders and community members and cultural workshops that aim to re-introduce traditional art forms to communities.
The projects will use a range of art forms to share stories from Indigenous communities across Australia passing traditions down to new generations. For example, Brown Cab Productions will develop a new Indigenous theatre work to be presented over a two week season as part of the 2016 Footscray Community Arts Centre Program and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka will run community based workshops to teach young women how to create contemporary jewellery for exhibition at commercial and public galleries.
"The Indigenous Languages and Arts program aims to showcase, protect and encourage participation in traditional and contemporary Indigenous artistic expression to strengthen pride in identity and culture through language," Minister Fifield said.
More information about the Indigenous Languages and Arts program and a full list of funding recipients can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website http://arts.gov.au/topics/indigenous-arts-languages-and-culture/indigenous-languages-and-arts