The Creative Cities program aims to support local artists and arts organisations affected by COVID-19 restrictions to develop initiatives, projects and artwork that connect and engage local audiences in new and different ways.
The flexible and adaptive program targets timely activities that aid community recovery and enhance community wellbeing after a significant disruption to our cultural life.
Please read the program guidelines including eligibility requirements before applying.
- To develop innovative, distinctive and new ideas to engage local audiences in the Arts.
- To showcase arts and cultural spaces and businesses located within the City of Charles Sturt.
- To create opportunities for the City of Charles Sturt's cultural and creative workforce.
Projects can contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
- A flexible and adaptive program that targets timely and appropriate creative & performing arts activities that aid community recovery and enhance community wellbeing after a significant disruption to our cultural life.
- Collaborative projects between artists and local businesses to attract customers in creative ways.
- Support programming and operational adaption of local arts organisations to enable them to continue to operate through restricted trading conditions and/or within virtual spaces.
- Creative placemaking that animates public spaces to improve local business visibility.
- Increased connection of our local creative & performing arts sector and community during and beyond the Government COVID-19 restrictions.
- Apply creative thinking to our COVID-19 response and allow us to creatively imagine what recovery looks like. Artists and their creativity have a key role in helping communities make sense of the crisis, reconnect and recover.
- Plan for the recovery phase to restore public confidence and encourage residents to attend live events, workshops, exhibitions & businesses when it is safe to do so.
- Create a suite of projects ready for rapid implementation and installation within the community when safe to do so.
- Capitalise on the strengths, assets and inspiration of our local arts community, provide employment opportunities for local artists and support our creative economy.
- Explore collaborative solutions to build resilience of our local creative and performing arts sector.
In addition to the general program eligibility applicants must:
- Be a sole trader with an ABN (all artforms, including visual and performing arts, writers, musicians) who resides in or has a studio located within the City of Charles Sturt, or
- a not for Profit Arts organisation within the City of Charles Sturt or
- a for profit arts enterprise within the City of Charles Sturt that employs 1-19 full time equivalent employees
Up to $5,000 plus GST per project or business
- Artist fees
- Digital and online materials or tools
- Marketing and promotion of the activity
- Materials required to deliver the activity or adapted business approach
Expressions of interest for the 2020/21 program open on 1 July 2020.
Expressions of Interest for the 2020/21 program will be open on an ongoing basis until 1 June 2021 or until funding is exhausted.
Payment under this program will be made directly to the business and or artist after receipt of a signed funding agreement and tax invoice.
The business/artist agrees to acquit the funds within one month of completing the project, as per the funding agreement.