Denmark art project Waterways receives $15k from Federal Government

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Denmark Arts has received $15,000 to develop an artwork trail set to tell the story of local families and their connections to Great Southern waterways.

Denmark’s peak art body received the arts grant from the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program.

The program enables arts organisations, local governments and artists to promote and develop cultural events for residents and tourists across regional WA.

The Waterways project will be a digital QR code artwork trail along local waterways, which tells stories of family, people and place, and their connection to local waterways.

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Denmark locals will have their stories filmed on various dates in April that will then be uploaded to the Waterways website.

The films can then be accessed by QR plaques installed at the Kwoorabup River Mouth and Lights Beach.

The stories aim to share the community’s special connection to Denmark water places.

Regional Arts WA chief executive officer Paul MacPhail said the investment would stimulate the economy and showcase the value that regional arts brings to our communities.

“The regional arts sector is essential to our communities, and this funding will have an immediate positive effect on local economies, by providing local job opportunities, leveraging partnerships, and providing a positive flow on effect to allied sectors,” he said.

“Although we acknowledge that some projects may need to adapt as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop here in WA, we look forward to seeing these events roll out throughout the year, as the regional arts sector once again leads their communities through the pandemic.”

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