Well, for me, another chapter has come to an end.
Last month I completed my four year term as a RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) committee member for the Logan City Council, representing the portfolio of writing. I was appointed in September of 2009.
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Councils to support local arts and culture, including professional and emerging professional artists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland. By regional, this means metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Opportunities for funding include professional development, research of ideas and project proposals to the implementation stage, and a variety of other artistic endeavours.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my term and have met some wonderful artists of all genres (eg. musicians, actors, filmmakers, writers, artists (of all mediums). This list is endless. Logan has so much talent, but there are so many artists yet to be discovered.
Over the last few years, I have also been the recipient of two grants to assist me in my professional development as a writer, so I know how invaluable the RADF grants are in assisting artists (of all genres) to develop their skills and promote their art to the community. In 2007 I was awarded a RADF grant to undertake professional development in the area of illustrating and writing children’s picture books through Dr Virginia Lowe’s Create a Kids’ book e-course: http://www.createakidsbook.com.au This is an invaluable course for children’s book writers and illustrators to develop their skills. In June 2010 was awarded a second RADF grant to attend SCBWI (Soc. Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) Sydney Conference.
I was not the only outgoing RADF committee member finishing their term last month. And as a gesture of our time and input given, the RADF committee presented us with a beautiful gift, crafted by a Logan artist.
Voila! It is just beautiful.
Thanks to everyone on the RADF committee. It takes pride of place on my dining room hutch.
Before I go – If you live in the Brisbane City Council area you might be interested in the Creative Sparks funding program.