$15 million to support Indigenous arts and language projects
16 August 2018
Government has announced more than $15 million for 96 projects across Australia
through the 2018-19 Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program funding round.
The funding is
for projects celebrating Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures and
history through arts and language. Of the estimated 250 Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander languages, about 120 are still spoken, but most of these remain
in danger of being lost.
the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield said this funding helps keep Indigenous
languages alive and strengthens the Indigenous arts community.
Government is committed to maintaining, reviving and promoting Indigenous
culture. It’s fantastic to see how these projects celebrate Indigenous art and
revive Indigenous languages in contemporary ways. New mediums such as digital
tools will engage current and future generations in local Indigenous
languages,” Minister Fifield said.
Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, said he was pleased to see the
diversity of projects which include theatre, visual arts, language workshops,
film and digital resources delivered right across Australia through 88
recognises that language and art ensure the wellbeing and identity of our First
Australians and strengthen communities. These projects ensure Indigenous
stories and histories continue to be maintained and shared,” Minister Scullion
Each year the
Government provides funding through the ILA program to eligible organisations
to deliver arts and language projects through an open grant round and direct
has committed an additional $10 million to support the revival and maintenance
of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from 2016 to
information about the ILA program and to view the full list of recipients
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.