Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment Association receives Regional Arts Fund Recovery grant

PROPOSED SITE: A drone's eye view of the proposed site of the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island at Captain Morgan Park at Kingscote. Photo by Wynn Norris
PROPOSED SITE: A drone's eye view of the proposed site of the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island at Captain Morgan Park at Kingscote. Photo by Wynn Norris

The Art Museum of Kangaroo Island Establishment Association has received $31,771 to develop a business case, through the federal government's Regional Arts Fund Recovery grant program.

The association is one of 73 recipients across regional and remote Australia that will share in almost $1.9 million through the grant program.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP and Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan congratulated the Kangaroo Island Establishment Association.

Mr McLachlan said the grant would enable the Art Museum of Kangaroo Island to assist the community to heal and rebuild through the arts.

"The business case will provide an opportunity to leverage funding and support from other sectors, as well as highlight the important role of the Art Museum in strengthening the cultural and economic base of Kangaroo Island," he said.

Association chairperson Kathie Stove said she and the proponents of the KI art museum project were delighted with the news, and work had already begun on building the business case.

The preferred location for the art museum was Captain Morgan Park, just north of the Kingscote helipad that overlooking the Bay of Shoals.

Minister Fletcher said it was great to see the government's Regional Arts Fund continuing to support recovery for artists and communities following the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and last summer's bushfires.

"This grant round was extremely competitive with strong demand across Australia. I am pleased to see a diverse range of Arts projects receiving much needed funding that will support their local communities," Mr Fletcher said.

"We know our regional and remote communities have been hit hard this past year, and these new projects will support their economic, social and cultural recovery."

Funded projects will provide opportunities for artists and arts workers to cultivate creative community engagement in Indigenous communities, provide opportunities for digital upskilling, and develop new workshops and capacity-building programs.

For more information about the Regional Arts Fund and to view the full list of Recovery grant recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/regional-arts-fund

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