Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George, today announced $40,000 in funding to support a local arts project for people with a disability.

Mr George said the funding will be provided to the Northern River Performing Arts Inc (NORPA) to provide workshops in dance, sound, improvisation and multi-media for up to 80 participants with a disability, from six to 75 years of age.

“Congratulations to NORPA for successfully securing this funding to help local residents with a disability engage with the arts and develop their creative talents,” Mr George said.

“The support announced today will increase opportunities for local people with a disability to participate in professional arts activities and, in doing so, better realise both their artistic and personal potential.”

NSW Minister for the Arts, George Souris, said the funding for NORPA is part of $411,378 allocated to 11 arts projects for people with a disability Statewide.

“This is the first strand of funding for 2012 under a NSW Arts and Disability Partnership between Ageing, Disability and Home Care and Arts NSW,” Mr Souris said.

“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that people with a disability have the opportunity to participate in and fully contribute to the life of our society as well as to maximise their independence, relationships and sense of self worth.

“Under the NSW Arts and Disability Partnership, the Ageing, Disability and Home Care division of the Department of Family and Community Services is providing Arts NSW with $1.5 million over two years.

“We not only want to increase the number of places for people with a disability in arts programs but we also want to encourage new collaborations and partnerships between NSW's professional arts and disability sectors.”

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.