$6492 allotted to the arts

The Waitaki arts community has had a boost, with six groups and individuals receiving funding from the Creative Communities Scheme.

The scheme, which is a collaboration between local councils and Creative New Zealand, supports opportunities for New Zealanders to participate in the arts.

Following a recent meeting of the scheme's Waitaki district assessment committee, a total of $6492 was distributed to arts-based schemes in the Waitaki.

The Kurow Art Group and the Waitaki Multicultural Society both received $1000, while the Oamaru Performing Arts Society Inc was given $1200 and St Kevin's College in Oamaru $250.

The assessment committee also decided to award funding to two local artists. Julia Sutherland received $1500 to run a creative journalling course, and Sheryl MacLeod was given $1542.29 to run a weekly art course for children aged between 9 and 12.

The Waitaki assessment committee's secretary, Helen Strachan, said seven applications had been received for the latest funding round, and they had all been of a ''very high standard''.

The next funding round would open in late January.

- andrew.ashton@odt.co.nz

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