Funding helps local creatives shine

Jessica Skeen-McKinnon is one of the City of Logan's latest RADF recipients.
One of the recipients of the latest round of RADF funding in the City of Logan – Indigenous artist Jessica Skeen-McKinnon.

A Latin music concert and workshops, an illustrated book series and a biographical
short-form documentary are among activities funded by the City of Logan’s latest
round of arts funding.

Seven creative arts professionals have been awarded more than $47,000 collectively through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

The funding is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture.

City Lifestyle Chair Councillor Laurie Koranski said the funded projects would shine a spotlight on the talents of artists, musicians and storytellers in the City of Logan.

“This financial support will allow them to bring their ideas to life and show the community what they can do,” Cr Koranski said.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the long-standing RADF program would help to boost Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, supporting artists and arts
workers with employment opportunities through $4.2 million in funding for regional cultural projects.

“The Palaszczuk Government is investing $2.08 million in RADF for 2020-21 and an additional $2.13 million will be contributed by 59 councils across Queensland,” Minister Enoch said.

“Each year RADF showcases the extraordinary innovation of the arts and cultural sector in regional communities, delivers rich arts experiences and provides important professional opportunities for artists and arts workers.”

The successful applicants are:
• Cameron Stelzer for production of 10 illustrated books using animal characters to explore challenges faced by primary school students.
• ChooseDay Studios Pty Ltd for a biographical documentary telling the story of City of Logan indigenous community leader Aunty Faith Green from Kingston-based Indigenous organisation Gunya Meta.
• Christina Lowry to produce photographs of the current pandemic in the style similar to how 17th century Dutch painters responded to the plague.
• Rhiannon D Elton to complete 10 books and produce an audiobook of one story.
• Blank Street Press to employ three emerging local arts workers for the launch of a City of Logan version of the publication.
• Sandra Real for The Sounds of Latin America music concert and workshops in the City of Logan.
• Jessica Skeen-McKinnon for the Skeen Family Showcase which will feature artworks from seven members of the Skeen family at Logan Art Gallery in June-July next year.

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