On 9 April 2020, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts annouced the Commonwealth's $27 Million targeted support for Indigenous Arts, Regional Arts and Respected Charity Support Act through a strategic relief and recovery funding program. The funding focussed on helping the Arts Sector deal with the devastating impact of Covid 19 pandemic which saw wide range of art performances cancelled, venues closed and many performers and crew out of jobs due to loss of gigs. The Morrison McCormack Government made the decision to provide a much welcome life line to the vulnerable areas of the Arts Industry.
From the $27 Million, $7 Million was allocated to the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program which Lockhart River Arts Centre is a current funding reccipent of this critical funding program for over 10 years. The IVAIS program distributed the relief and funding to eligble Indigenous Arts Centre through Australia which included Lockhart River.
Lockhart River Arts Centre recieved a total funding of $85,000.00 GST Exclusive. The $85,000 funding was split into two payment intallments. The first payment of $45,000.00 was done in 2019- 2020 Financial Year in the June 2020. The second installment payment of $40,000.00 is scheduled for August 2020.
The relief funding enables Lockhart River Arts Centre to continue with its ongoing 5 year strategic business plan from 2018 to 2023 specific to IVAIS key performance indicators, deliverables and outcome goals.
The CEO, the board of directors, artists and staff from Lockhart River Arts Centre thanks sincerely Minister Fletcher and Morrisson McCormack Government for the life line support through IVAIS.
Written by: Enoch Perazim, Chief Executive Officer