Region’s new arts and culture network born 

From the network

BORN on Saturday, November 10, 2012: the ‘bombala_cross border arts network’. 

Despite the attraction of other events locally, people from the southern Monaro district and Victoria attended a meeting in Bombala last Saturday to talk about all things arts and culture. 

It was decided to establish an ongoing network to act as a conduit for arts and culture in our community; open communication avenues for artists, artisans, including cultural opportunities and develop/promote our arts, culture and community.

The diversity of participants led to discussion as to why, what, when and where. 

Andrew Gray introduced what South East Arts could do to help guide the new group and gave an overview on what other groups throughout the south east have done or are doing. 

South East Arts spreads over five shires; Bombala, Cooma, Snowy River, Bega and Eurobodalla, so his input as general manager of this network was invaluable.

Our Council already plays a large role in promoting arts and culture and the Arts Network are looking forward to building on this capacity.

bombala_cross border arts network aims to work with existing groups to support existing interests and open other opportunities to enhance what our community offers. We welcome representatives of groups not at the meeting to join us.

To begin with, the arts network is interested in putting together a database of contacts from within all our arts and cultural groups such as: writers, historic society, show societies, photography groups, visual artists, music, dance, crafts, sculpture etc. 

This data base of groups and a calendar of events will give us an idea of the needs and our strengths in all areas of the arts. It can be determined if funding opportunities and working groups need to be created to achieve goals and outcomes. 

The arts network will be meeting four times a year to focus on priorities. The first meeting will be on February 2, 2013, from 10am-12noon at the Bombala Community Centre and following meetings will be in May, August and November on the first Saturday morning of that month, same time, but the venue will rotate. 

The November meeting will become vital in planning the following year.

The cultural and artistic health and wellbeing of our community is central to the overall sustainability of our community.

This health is based on ongoing cultural and artistic pursuits that give everyone a sense of purpose, pride and achievement while engaging through a form of communication that reaches each and every one of us, including visitors to our region.

For further information or to provide your details for the database, phone Sue Haslingden (Bristle Brush Arts representative) on 0438 583 330. 

You can look us up at www.platypuscountry.org.au, visit our Facebook page: bombala_cross border arts network or email bcbartsnetwork@gmail.com

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