Boost for Tasmania’s youth arts sector

TASMANIA’S arts sector has received a $260,000 boost to support high-quality, youth focused, art experiences and activities across the state.

Minister for the Arts Elise Archer said nine organisations had received funding through the new Youth Arts (Organisations) Program to develop and deliver creative content.

“The funding forms part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s $1.44 million investment for Tasmania’s first dedicated Youth Arts Strategy, and will be distributed over four years,” she said.

“The program, delivered through Arts Tasmania, encourages and invigorates the state’s youth arts and screen sector.

“It offers support for projects that actively engage young people (aged up to and including 25 years) to develop their creative skills and capacities, as well as enhance their social health and wellbeing.”

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (TYO) will receive a $30,900 grant to introduce a new Chamber Music Program that will assist the development of 24 young musicians through high-quality active arts engagement.

TYO chairman Jonathan Duddles said the new funding would assist more young people to access quality, aesthetic education and experience the joy of music.

“Through the Youth Arts funding, TYO will provide chamber music development to more young musicians, providing training for life,” he said.

“These young musicians will tour to the north, working with their peers, which is part of our plan to expand our TYO programs across the state.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to support the musical development of more young Tasmanians.”

For further information on the Youth Arts (Organisations) Program, visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/youth_arts_organisations

Caption: From left, William Thorpe, Feliciantonia Churchill, Leka Minic, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra board chairman Jonathan Duddles and Maja Burggraaf with Minister for the Arts Elise Archer.