Boosting community arts and culture

Published on 09 February 2024

U3A Croydon group members

Artists, arts and cultural groups and organisations are invited to apply for Council’s Arts and Cultural Grants funding program for 2024/25.

The grants are part of Council’s Community Grants funding program, which supports community-driven projects, initiatives and events.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Kylie Spears, said the grants can support a range of projects.

“The Arts and Cultural Grants are a fantastic opportunity for artists, arts and cultural groups or organisations to apply for funding towards their project or program,” Cr Spears said.

“If you have a project that could add to Maroondah’s vibrant local arts and cultural scene or encourage more community members to get involved in the arts, I encourage you to learn more about the grants and submit an application.”

Blossoms of Life – The Eucalyptus Flower for Everyone was supported by Council’s 2022/23 Arts and Cultural Grants funding program. 

The collaborative art project between artist Hsin Lin and poet Lauren M Hancock was installed at Ringwood Lake Park.

“As a local artist, most of my inspiration comes from my observation of nature. Ringwood Lake Park is one of my favourite places in Maroondah to visit, where we are blessed with various native vegetation and beautiful flowers in different seasons,” Hsin Lin said.

“To celebrate and promote the beauty and strength of native flowers, I wanted to deliver a bigger, brighter artwork, cooperating with local poet Lauren M Hancock to present a permanent display in a public area that aims to bring colourful, joyful experiences to local residents.

“Having the artwork in this location - a place we love and belong, and where children grow - and seeing the flowers in full bloom reminds everyone that we are alive, vibrant, and blossoming.”

U3A Croydon received a grant in 2023/24 to support its free Musical Instrument Lending Library, which encourages members to trial, learn and perform new instruments at community facilities and events.

This benefits new and experienced musicians, Secretary Peter McErlain said.

“There are three beginner classes for ukelele, guitar and piano at U3A Croydon, so beginners, who are reluctant to purchase an instrument, can borrow an instrument for a semester and have free tuition from an experienced music tutor,” Peter said.

“Members who already play an instrument can borrow a [different] instrument and try learning this to further expand their knowledge and skills.”

The library also provides a sense of connection and “shared purpose” for groups of older residents.

“With a music group of quite a few people - 45 in several groups - there is a huge sense of support, a real shared interest in each other. A strong resilience is fostered; hard to measure, but huge,” Peter said.

More information

Applications for the 2024/25 Arts and Cultural Grants funding program open on Monday 4 March and will close on Sunday 14 April.

Council is hosting online information sessions to help our community learn more about the 2024/25 Community Grants Program and the Arts and Cultural Grants Program.

You can also join the waitlist for a grant writing workshop with an expert consultant and grant writer.

Find out more about the Arts and Cultural Grants funding program, including eligibility and key dates.

Contact

For more information about the Arts and Cultural Grants funding program, contact Council’s Community Cultural Development Officer on 9298 4533 or email arts@maroondah.vic.gov.au