NORPA has received $40,000 in funding to support a local arts project for people with a disability.
The funding will provide workshops in dance, sound, improvisation and multimedia for up to 80 participants with a disability, from six to 75 years of age.
The project has a working title of Civic Space and NORPA artistic director Julian Luis told Echonetdaily that Lismore City Hall, which is undergoing a $6 million transformation, will house the project.
Lismore MP Thomas George congratulated NORPA for successfully securing funding ‘to help local residents with a disability engage with the arts and develop their creative talents’.
Julian Louis said, ‘We had a project already in development, before this funding was announced, that was inspired by the level of expression that goes on in the disability community in Lismore particularly.
‘There is a local differently abled music group called Tralala Bilp. They create an electronic soundscape-based music that reminds me of Radiohead. It’s beautiful, evocative and emotive.
I invited their director Randolf Reimann to dream big in terms of a performative/installation project and since then it has gathered momentum.
‘We now have a whole series of disability groups that we want to work with over a year, with some fantastic artists nationally and locally and a series of performance outcomes that have whole range of creativity.
We are really excited to be working in this realm and I think that what interested the state government was that a professional group wanted to work in this way.
NSW minister for the arts, George Souris, said the funding for NORPA is part of $411,378 allocated statewide to 11 arts projects for people with a disability.
‘This is the first strand of funding for 2012 under a NSW Arts and Disability Partnership between Ageing, Disability and Home Care and Arts NSW,’ Mr Souris said.