The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-02-12T06:26:15Z Market the Heart in Wangaratta 2019-02-12T06:26:15Z market-the-heart-in-wangaratta Regional Arts Victoria’s Arts Connect series heads to Wangaratta on Sunday 24 February and Whitfield on Saturday 23 March as part of a program fostering skills and collaborations between regional artists. Arts Connect Wangaratta: Market the Heart, a day-long workshop presented by John Paul Fischbach (CEO of Auspicious Arts Incubator and author of No More Starving Artists: How to Master Your Art, Your Life and Build Your Business), inspires local artists, arts organisations and event coordinators with innovative marketing strategies. The series responds to the needs of artists, arts organisations and event coordinators within the community. Attendees of John Paul’s Arts Connect marketing sessions in 2019 said they, “would jump at attending another session like this,” and, “[he] taught me to look at my practice in a different way. Turn it upside down and start from there.” Arts Connect Whitfield is a one day professional development intensive that brings artists and community leaders together to extend their knowledge. Panel discussions, presentations and case studies will address needs specific to the region such as building creative networks, volunteer fatigue, pricing artistic work and others.  Director of Partnerships at Regional Arts Victoria Liz Zito says that the Arts Connect Series supports regional artists and arts organisations to realise their ambitions.  "Regional artists across Victoria are creating outstanding, innovative work. The Arts Connect Series supports the promotion of that work, allowing it to have a life outside of its local community,” Ms Zito said. “Each Arts Connect event is tailored for its community, building on local strengths and working to address local needs. It has become a means to strengthen local creative leadership and build stronger connections throughout a network of creative people across the state.” The Arts Connect Series is supported by Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund and Regional Arts Victoria, with partnership support from Local Government Authorities and Regional Arts Victoria’s members. The Arts Connect Series expands upon Regional Arts Victoria’s Regional Cultural Forums that ran from 2012-2016, and continues Regional Arts Victoria’s commitment to providing professional development opportunities and support for regional artists. Locally, this event is supported by the Rural City of Wangaratta. Find out more about the Arts Connect Series, and stay up to date with upcoming events, by visiting our website. EVENT DETAILS Arts Connect Wangaratta: Market the Heart Sunday 24 February 2019 09.30am – 5.00pm Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Cnr Ford & Ovens StreetsWangaratta VIC 3677 FREE, but bookings are essential.   Arts Connect Whitfield Saturday 23 March 2019 10.00am – 5.00pm King Valley Community Complex Lot 2 Mansfield-Whitfield RoadWhitfield VIC 3733 FREE, but bookings are essential. -- Regional Arts Victoria is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations in Victoria and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria. We are inspired by arts across the state, and through partnerships, programming and projects, we develop creative practice all over Victoria. -- Outgoing Artlands Victoria Creative Producer and Director Ros Abercrombie appointed Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia 2018-11-26T03:49:28Z outgoing-artlands-victoria-creative-producer-and-director-ros-abercrombie-appointed-executive-director-of-regional-arts-australia “Ros is an extraordinary advocate for regional arts practice. We’re thrilled to continue working with her in this critical national leadership role.” – Joe Toohey, Regional Arts Victoria, Director and CEO The Chair of Regional Arts Australia (RAA), Simon Spain today announced the appointment of Ros Abercrombie as the new Executive Director for the organisation. Ros will commence in the role next month. “We are delighted to welcome Ros to this important role.  Ros has an impressive record. She is an inspiring creative leader who has worked incredibly successfully with a wide range of community groups over an extensive career. Her work as a producer, a creative director and as a catalyst for community engagement signals a beginning of a new era for RAA, and the Board is looking forward to supporting Ros and her team,” Simon said. Ros has been working in the arts industry for over 20 years with experience across strategic design, creative direction, organisational modelling, identity and brand development and management. She recently filled the role of Director and Creative Producer for Artlands Victoria in Bendigo last month where her commitment to First Nations engagement with the Dja Dja Wurrung community underscored the event. Ros succeeds John Oster who has led the organisation for the past four years. John said “It is such a pleasure to hand this great job over to a person of the calibre of Ros Abercrombie. Ros is committed to serving the artists and the audiences of rural, regional and remote Australia and I wish her well.” “I am excited about commencing this role and am looking forward to working collaboratively to advocate and support the long-term regional sustainability for the rural and regional arts and creative communities in which RAA works,” Ros said. Ros Abercrombie commences as Executive Director of Regional Arts Australia on Monday 10 December 2018. Arts Grants Announced to Commemorate 2009 Victorian Bushfires 2018-09-05T04:49:43Z arts-grants-announced-to-commemorate-2009-victorian-bushfires Regional Arts Victoria will administer community arts grants on behalf of the Victorian Government to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Under the Community Arts Grants Program funding of up to $8,000 per local government area will be available for creative projects that reflect the experiences of local communities. The program will be available to the 21 local government areas directly affected by the 2009 Bushfires. Regional Arts Victoria CEO Joe Toohey said that this program will assist impacted communities to deliver locally relevant projects. “Regional Arts Victoria will work alongside artists and their communities, ensuring each has an opportunity to define how they reflect on their experiences of the 2009 bushfires,” Joe said. The 21 local government areas that will take part in the Community Arts Grants Program include: Alpine Shire Council Baw Baw Shire Council Cardinia Shire Council City of Casey Corangamite Shire City of Greater Bendigo Hepburn Shire Council Horsham Rural City Council Indigo Shire Council Latrobe City Council Macedon Ranges Shire Council  Mitchell Shire Council Mount Alexander Shire Council Murrindindi Shire Council Nillumbik Shire Council Shire of South Gippsland Southern Grampians Shire Council Rural City of Wangaratta Wellington Shire Council Whittlesea Council Yarra Ranges Council Applications for the Community Arts Grants Program will open mid October 2018 and close on 31 January 2019. Applicants will be invited to work closely with Regional Arts Victoria’s Recovery Facilitator for guidance and support in developing their application. More information about opening dates and application criteria will be made available in the coming weeks on the Regional Arts Victoria website. To register your interest in the Community Arts Grants Program, please contact Regional Arts Victoria at or on 03 9644 1800. Early bird registrations open for groundbreaking regional arts gathering 2018-07-02T23:52:17Z early-bird-registrations-open-for-groundbreaking-regional-arts-gathering Early birds are now open for Artlands Victoria, the groundbreaking regional arts event taking place in Bendigo and Castlemaine this October.  For the first time in its twenty year history, Artlands – Australia’s largest regional arts gathering – will be presented as an integrated conference and cultural program. Artlands Creative Producer Ros Abercrombie has designed a multi-art, cross industry and inter-generational event that will build regional connections. “The event aims to combine a curated program of exhibitions, dance, music and performance, alongside works in progress, explorations and commissioned projects with a conference speakers program,” Ros said. “It has been designed to reflect and respond to the emerging trends and needs of regional artists and the regional arts industry, to stimulate critical reflection and provide much-needed opportunity for the industry to gather, present work and enter into meaningful exchange.” “It has been important to us in the planning of Artlands, that the event includes a range of voices across generations, cultures, practice and industry, both as speakers and delegates.” To support diverse delegates to attend the event, Artlands Victoria is offering heavily subsidised tickets and travel bursaries for independent artists and practitioners.  Artlands Victoria will take place in Bendigo and Castlemaine from 10-14 October this year. Early bird registrations and artist subsidies are now open and will close on Friday 13 July, 2018.