Arts Minister Simon Crean yesterday announced $48 million for projects that support Indigenous arts, culture and languages, including a $21 million investment in jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Speaking at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide, Mr Crean said connection to culture was an important part of the work in Closing the Gap.
"Increasingly, evidence shows that participation in culture, languages and the arts has a positive effect on physical and mental wellbeing in our Indigenous communities," Mr Crean said.
"It is also important recognition of the fact that the oldest continuing culture on earth is now producing some of the most dynamic art forms on earth, demonstrated through the projects supported today.
Mr Crean said the Australian Government will provide $27 million to support 293 Indigenous arts, culture and language projects; and $21 million to support employment opportunities for around 590 arts and culture jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
"Nationally, support will be provided to two Indigenous visual art showcase events, with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair receiving $85,000 and the Darwin Art Fair receiving $70,000.
"The Arts Law Centre of Australia will also receive $70,000 to provide will-drafting and casework services to Indigenous artists across Australia and the Indigenous Art Code will receive $100,000 to support ethical trade within the industry."
Technology was a strong feature of the projects being supported in this year's funding round, with many organisations developing online media, interactive software and audio visual content for apps, tablet devices and smart phones.
"For example, the Awarbukarl Cultural Resource Association in Newcastle will receive $341,150 to create innovative online audio and video language learning tools, which will be available on its website and on YouTube," Mr Crean said.
Projects have been funded through the following programs:
The funding includes $3.3 million for new projects and $6.6 million for projects previously allocated biennial or triennial funding.
The full list of funding recipients is available at www.arts.gov.au/indigenous.