Creativity has the power to transform people and places at every level.
It can change the way we look at the everyday environment, the way we relate to each other and how we see ourselves.
The first round of Small Town Transformations projects changed their communities forever. They created new arts and community spaces, new public artworks, and forged community connections that live on.
More than that, the projects changed people’s perceptions of what art is, who it is for and the powerful role it can play in all of our lives.
In April 2016 the Victorian Government released our first creative industries strategy – Creative State.
Central to this strategy is a commitment to ensure that the cultural, social and economic benefits of creativity extend to all Victorians, from our biggest cities to our smallest towns.
The Small Town Transformation program will put this into action in six tiny Victorian towns.
Birregurra, Girgarre, Lake Tyers Beach, Narrawong, Rainbow and the Western Port Waterline Townships have been selected out of 73 proposals from across the state. Their ideas are exciting and ambitious and are set to make a big impact.
These communities, with the support of Regional Arts Victoria, now have the opportunity to shape a new future for their towns - one with creativity right at its heart. It’s an amazing prospect and one that will serve as a shining example to all Victorians, no matter where they live.
I look forward to hearing about the progress of these projects and seeing how they will transform their communities and strengthen our creative state.
Martin Foley MP
Minister for Creative Industries