Federal funding boost for artists shining spotlight on Wodonga CBD
A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure will help shine a light on art in Wodonga. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, congratulated Wodonga City Council on receiving $18,125 for the Light Box Public Art Projection Project.
Ms McGowan said the outdoor art gallery project will increase visitation to the recently developed Junction Square and Cube Courtyard.
“The project will create silhouetted images on the side of The Cube using projected colour,” Ms McGowan said. “The images will include a shifting canvas of colour and graphic work of artists from across the region. The work will change throughout the year and may align with specific events and celebrations.”
Ms McGowan said the project would also improve ambient lighting as a safety measure to reduce crime.
Ms McGowan thanked Wodonga Council for the contribution of $49,060 contribution towards the project, which has a total cost of $71,235.
“Congratulations to the Arts Wodonga, Gigs Gallery, Arts Space Wodonga and the Albury Wodonga Artists Society for getting behind this project,” Ms McGowan said.
“The cultural economy is growing each year and is critical to the future of North East Victoria, employing people, providing entertainment and supporting our lifestyle. Arts, culture and heritage continue to boost tourism, and are viewed as amenities to improve our quality of life and attract and retain people in the area.”
This funding was delivered under Round Two of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Programme Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round Two of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the SCP in 2015-16.