Funding for regional arts

The federal government's Regional Arts Fund is unlocking a greater access to cultural experiences such as dance, drama and Aboriginal art.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has announced funding for five projects in the electorate, including two for Port Augusta.

Mr Ramsey said arts, cultural activities and experiences were important points of connection for the city.

"Through the Regional Arts Fund, Umeewarra Media Aboriginal Association will receive $20,000 to engage producers Jaja and Jonas Dare to mentor Umeewarra staff and volunteers on production, artist liaison and multimedia design elements of the Umee Live 2020 festival," he said.

"Umee Live 2020 is a community event showcasing and celebrating Aboriginal music, culture, language and media."

Business Port Augusta will also receive funding of $14,850 under the program to work with illuminart in devising an architectural projection as the centrepiece for the inaugural Green Power Festival.

Green Power director Lisa Lumsden said the group is delighted to bring the arts project to Port Augusta.

"It will engage multiple community groups around the concepts of resilience and rejuvenation," Ms Lumsden said.

"Port Augusta is currently experiencing a transformation and to express what we're going through as a town, through art, on one of Port Augusta's significant historical buildings for all the community to see, is very exciting."

Federal Minister for art Paul Fletcher said the grant will help artists promote local stories to local audiences in regional and rural areas.

"Not only does government support give a cultural boost to our regional communities so they remain vibrant cultural hubs, the funding increases also employment and professional development opportunities for our world-class artists and performers."

A total of $1.1 million will be provided to support 71 arts and cultural projects through this round.