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Stompin Youth Choreographic Project

Funding boost for Tasmania's cultural and creative industries

Friday, 26 May 2017

Funding for the cultural and creative industries has been boosted in the State Budget with a dedicated Youth Arts Strategy to be implemented over the next four years.

The 2017-18 State Budget provides $1.44 million over the next four years in new funding to support and invigorate Tasmania’s youth arts sector.

The strategy will provide funds to support individual artists and arts organisations that work with young Tasmanians to improve social health, well-being and employment opportunities through arts education and engagement.

There is ample Australian and international research that highlights the importance of participatory engagement with the arts to boost the development of ‘soft-skills’ such as self-efficacy, self-esteem and social engagement, irrespective of socio-demographics and prior achievement.

Profound participatory arts experiences and deep cultural engagement stay with us for life. This funding will provide greater opportunities for arts participation, increase motivation and engagement, and assist to identify pathways into professional careers of Tasmania’s young people.

The strategy will fund projects and programs that value artistic, cultural and creative experiences for our young people. It will stimulate independent and creative thinking, develop inter-generational cultural exchange, foster the next generation of artists and arts audiences, and build a brighter future for Tasmania.

There will be more information and details about the implementation of the strategy released in the coming weeks and months. Other budget news for the cultural and creative industries can be found here.

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Image: Stompin Youth Choreographic Project. Photographer: Jasper Da Seymour