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Arts & Cultural Grant Program recipients

Public Art Urban Life - The Background Sessions by Andy Drewitt

Maroondah City Council's Arts and Cultural Grants Program supports a diverse and culturally rich Maroondah through community driven projects, initiatives and events that increase arts profile and participation. These initiatives may focus on a wide variety of art forms.

See more about the latest Arts and Cultural Grants Program

Arts & Cultural Grant Program recipients



Hsin Lin, detail from “A Lifetime Grit - Eucalyptus Macrocarpa”, 2021. 

  • Artur Lyczba ($928)
    Training the Eye
    An exhibition and public talks at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery displaying the artist’s painting practice, and exploring his background in art therapy.
  • Bushwahzee ($3,250)
    Adventure Before Dementia
    A staged reading of a new musical exploring positive ageing. Featuring folk musicians and actors, to be staged at Maroondah Federation Estate.
  • Hsin Lin ($5,000)
    Blossoms of Life - The Eucalyptus Flower For Everyone
    A collaborative public art project between visual artist Hsin Lin and poet Lauren Hancock. The mural and poem will be installed at Ringwood Lake Park.
  • Jazz Notes ($2,345)
    Maroondah Jazz: sharing the joy of live jazz
    A free, public event at Ringwood Town Square featuring a professional band and a local youth band covering different styles of jazz.
  • Ringwood Highland Pipe Band ($2,250)
    Drum Corp Upskilling
    A program to refine and extend the skills of the whole volunteer band through the purchase of two bass drum harnesses and engagement of an expert drum tutor. 
  • Yarrunga Community Centre ($4,500)
    25th Birthday Metal Art Sculpture
    A metal sculpture designed in partnership with the community to be installed at the gardens at Yarrunga, celebrating 25 years in the community.
  • YourDNA Creative Arts – Music in Motion ($5,000)
    The Sound Tree
    A project to develop and create an accessible musical instrument that can be used by a group of artists and students considered to have disabilities. 

Previous recipients

Man and woman playing instruments in park

Jazz Notes 

  • Chelle Destefano and Claire Bridge ($5000)
    What I Wish I'd Told You. An exhibition and public program that centres Deaf voices, bringing visitors into a Deaf Cultural experience through Auslan stories by a diverse group of Deaf people. Workshops, performances and social events will accompany the exhibition at Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery.
  • Fresh Theatre for Social Change ($5000)
    The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
    . A site-specific, outdoor performance of Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui to be performed in the Ringwood arts precinct. This will be a local, organic performance of a thought provoking play by a leading local socially-engaged theatre company.
  • Jazz Notes ($4994)
    Jazz at the Lake. This outdoor music event will bring the community together for a full day of music at Ringwood Lake. This inclusive community event will have wide appeal and will showcase local musicians including a local high school stage band, a big band and well-known singers.
  • Maroondah Symphony Orchestra ($1000)
    Purchase of chimes. The purchase of chimes will enable the Orchestra to increase its capacity to perform a wide range of musical repertoire.
  • Your DNA Creative Arts ($5000)
    An accessible spectacle performance piece which will amplify lesser-heard voices of Maroondah to the broader community. PORTAL will present a rare and beautiful story in a high exposure public space, tenderly told and utilising sophisticated sensory and aerial engineering.
  • 3D Arts Company ($2300)
    Playback performances. Young people in Maroondah will create a public performance in partnership with Melbourne Playback Theatre company. Culminating in a Bringing Back Theatre festival, young actors will once again experience the value of live theatre in the community.
Group members of Thirty-Nine
Fresh Theatre for Social Change
  • Fresh Theatre for Social Change – ‘The Unsaid’ ($5000)
    An original play which will be promoted to local schools along with an education pack. This play will be unique in its development and structure, improvisational and collaborative approach.
  • Maroondah Singers – Inclusion Program ($2500)
    The program will promote inclusion through musical performance. The capacity of the choir will be built through new technology to facilitate learning of new repertoire. The community will benefit through improved sound enhancement in diverse performance settings.
  • Ringwood and District Historical Society (Heathmont History Group) – Orchard tribute bollards ($3000)
    Bollards will be decorated with artworks as a tribute to the orchardists who pioneered Heathmont. The project will be undertaken in partnership with community and schools and will celebrate this aspect of local heritage within the local shopping strip.
  • Ringwood East Traders Association Inc. – Ringwood East Art Installation ($5380)
    A significant piece or pieces of art within the Ringwood East shopping precinct to raise the quality, enjoyment and appreciation of the arts experience and encourage visitation and participation by the local community and Maroondah in general.
  • Yarrunga Community Centre – ISO Art ($3000)
    ISO Art, images of experiences in isolation during COVID-19, will support the community to share their experiences and emotions of Coronavirus lockdown through art, assisting with mental health self-care.
  • Zomi Association Australia Inc. – Zomi Traditional Music ($3500)
    Traditional Zomi musicians will lead a Daaktum workshop for young people. The project will benefit Zomi young people by bringing them together to enhance social wellbeing and encourage them to participate in the wider community by showing their Daaktum music skills.

‘Carnifex’ by Roger Archbold

Recipients of the 2019/20 Arts and Cultural Grants Program were: 

  • Croydon Main Street Traders - $3,500
    The Chemist
    A stencil art portrait of Croydon pharmacist Jim Burns by artist Andy Drewitt. The band-aid design concept represents Jim’s role as a chemist - a healer in the community - and particularly his care for people suffering addiction.
  • Fresh Theatre for Social Change - $5,000
    Bard in the Backyard
    A site-specific performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the Backyard.  The performance will stay true to the Shakespearian text whilst interweaving local stories of family conflict, intergenerational divide and tolerance to deliver a world that is relatable and real.
  • Maroondah - Ringwood Branch of Seniors Australia - $3,000
    A public artwork which explores Croydon’s history from the Pleistocene period and depicts a marsupial lion which may have lived and hunted in the area.  Carnifex, an ambush predator, it would sneak up and leap upon its victim or drop down from an overhanging branch.
  • Nadrasca Community Options - $2,130
    Maroondah - Connecting the lines, connecting the people
    This project brings together Nadrasca and Studio4 artists for drawing and painting workshops which focus on celebrating what they enjoy about Maroondah. The artwork which evolves form the workshops will be exhibited at Maroondah Federation Estate in September 2019.
  • Ringwood Eisteddfod - $1,512
    Website project
    Assistance provided in updating their website to provide a more efficient booking system.
  • Urban Life - $2,800
    Urban Chill Nights
    An opportunity for emerging artists to perform in a warm, laid back environment to develop their craft and material. Nights will include an open mic segment and be rounded out by more experience performers. 
  • Yarrunga Community Centre - $4,000
    Look What I can do Art and Craft Program
    Provide participants with access to marketing materials with the aim of increasing confidence and communication skills with others and potentially pursue arts as a form of self-employment in the future.    

Croydon Conservation Society - Maroondah trees

Recipients of the 2018/19 Arts and Cultural Grants Program were:

  • Australian Dance Council - Ausdance Victoria Inc. $7,237
    Big Dance at Maroondah City now Big Dance Maroondah
    Big Dance workshops for all ages and abilities culminating in a large scale public outdoor performance. Big Dance Maroondah was filmed in Main Street, Croydon, on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Maroondah City Council and Big Dance Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land which this choreography and film were made. We acknowledge its elders’ past, present and our emerging leaders of tomorrow. Choreographed by Frances Rings and Craig Bary/Music by Huey Benjami.

  • Croydon Conservation Society $1,416
    Maroondah Trees
    A community art project to celebrate beautiful Maroondah trees.  To be displayed in public spaces.

  • Croydon Main Street Traders Association $4,300
    ‘Nation Walk’ Multicultural Costume Exhibition
    A project which will culminate in showcasing culturally diverse costumes in shop windows as part of the Croydon Multicultural Festival and Harmony Week 2019.

  • EACH $2,448
    Bush Tucker Project
    An early learning oral health promotion project which will include indigenous cultural approaches.

  • Yarrunga Community Centre $6,011
    Carers Acting Up
    A creative theatre project to connect carers in the community. 
    View the Carers Acting Up video

Maroondah Symphony Orchestra - image by Andy Drewitt

Recipients of the 2017/18 Arts and Cultural Grants Program were:

  • Maroondah Symphony Orchestra Inc. $1,482.95
    Musical instruments
  • Urban life $5,000
    Urban Chill
  • Tarralla Kindergarten $5,000
    Community Mural
  • Croydon Main Street Traders Association $4,490
    Croydon's Living History
  • Ringwood & District Historical Society: Heathmont History Group $3,900
    Trees in Heathmont
  • Auspicious Arts Projects Inc. $1,300
    My Neighbours' Garden



Uniting Care Harrison - image by Andy Drewitt

Recipients of the 2016/17 Arts and Cultural Grants Program were:

  • Melbourne Welsh Male Choir $3,000 
    Singer of the Year Master Class Workshop
  • Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place $2,000 
    Indigenous Artists Collective – workshops to develop artworks for exhibition at Maroondah Access Gallery.
  • Uniting Care Harrison $3,950 
    All inclusive art exhibition
  • Fresh Theatre for Social Change $5,000 
    Development + performance of Thirty Nine - 39% of homicides in Australia are a result of domestic violence.



Chin Community Dancers - image by Andy Drewitt

Recipients of the 2015/16 Arts and Cultural Grants Program were:

  • Chin Community Victoria (Falam) $1,100 
    Cultural Dance Course
  • Eastern Karen Community Association of Victoria $1,100 
    Cultural Dance and Music Lessons
  • Melbourne Welsh Male Choir $1,000 
    Singer of the Year Competition – increase profile
  • OPUS 21 Big Band $4,285 
    Concert by the Lake Series
  • Ringwood Heights Primary School $1,928 
    Tell Us a Story Ringwood Heights 
  • Studio4 Artists Inc $1,500 
    Forging Ahead in Figure Drawing – Master Classes
  • UrbanLife Church Inc $4,800 
    Who is Welcome?
  • Your DNA Creative Arts $4,500 
    All Inclusive Performance Festival


Further information

For further information on the Arts and Cultural Grants Program contact Mattie Young on 9298 4533 or email

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