Kiama Council is providing $20,000 to four local projects as part of its Cultural Grants Program for 2020/21.
Council’s Cultural Grants support innovative projects that involve the community, and help develop artistic skills and experience.
The projects being supported are:
YouthFest (Kiama and District Stronger Community) – $6,000
YouthFest is a free event kicking off with a forum showcasing local panelists including sports people, influencers, musicians and those who suffer from mental illness. After the forum, there will be a mini music festival and market showcasing local musicians, local young makers and creatives.
LGBTIQ Choir – $2,500
This project will establish an LGBTIQ Choir in Kiama to: showcase the talent of the LGBTQ community and break down stigma and discrimination; provide an activity to improve mental health through interpersonal connection; to foster growth and musical development in a safe environment, and to showcase Kiama as an accepting and diverse community.
The Cedar-getters Granddaughter – $2,500
This project will research the history of cedar-getters in the Illawarra, in particular the role of women, to be used as background for a novel – The Cedar-getter’s Granddaughter. Research will be undertaken in libraries and newspaper archives, but also through oral history interviews.
Walk my Way – $9,000
Walk my Way is a project based on shared stories by members of the Kiama community. This project is about having compassion and empathy for others, and the importance of telling stories, while challenging the stereotype of white middle class Kiama. Engaging residents from minority groups within the local government area the project will tell their stories through paintings and the written word.