The impact of social distancing protocols on the arts and creative industries in our region has been swift and widespread. While Eastern Riverina Arts’ office doors are closed, we’re working hard to help. Here’s what we’re up to:
Growing Connections Online
Our Creative Riverina Facebook Group gained 220 members in the first week, and spawned new projects and collaborations including online workshops, collaborative exhibitions and performances, and streamed gigs.
Join the group and connect with artists across our region, and take this time to create your free online profile at creativeriverina.com When all this is over, we will encourage councils, pubs and event coordinators to support local artists by searching Creative Riverina.
We held our first Creative Riverina catchup – originally intended to be a face to face event – online, connecting more than 150 viewers to information about ArtState Wagga Wagga, upcoming Shopfront activation projects, and grant opportunities from CreateNSW and Wagga Wagga City Council.
Advocating for local creatives
Eastern Riverina Arts was quick to recognise the need for certainty for event producers, techies, bands and performers. We called on all 8 of our member councils to roll the funding designated to cancelled events over on top of the next financial year’s budget, to give local freelancers confidence that there will be gigs at the other end of this crisis.
We’ve taken every opportunity to promote and support the work of local artists in local media. Here are some recent examples:
- Tim spoke to the national audience of ABC Life about the exciting work of three Riverina artists.
- We praised the Federal government’s $10 million Regional Arts rescue package, while noting the concerning trend away from providing long term funding for the Australia Council.
- We joined with organisations around the country calling for assistance to the arts and cultural sectors.
Planning for recovery
We understands that the creative sectors will be critical to the social, cultural and economic recoveries of our region. When the restrictions stop, people will be looking to the arts to revive cultural tourism, and to draw people back into our shopping precincts to revive local economies.
We’ll have more to say about this soon but we’re working hard at being ready when our communities need us.
3 things you can do, right now
If you’re an artist, creative business or cultural worker, we think you are vital to our community’s recovery. Here are three things you can do right now to help your business
- Keep in touch with us by signing up to our newsletter, straight away. It’s packed with workshops and training opportunities, grants and local projects you might want to be a part of. Join our circle so we can keep you up to date!
- Create your free profile on Creative Riverina. As soon as this is over, we’ll promote this site heavily, so that local pubs, councils, event planners and shoppers know where to go to support local creatives.
- Make art and share what you’re doing with your local arts community by joining the Creative Riverina Facebook Group.