Future lights up for Blackbutt Gallery

Pam Ettridge had fun with this 'Family Giggles' piece which was hung on the window of the Blackbutt Art Gallery last year. 252076_03

Blackbutt Art Gallery is one of four successful Maranoa groups in the community arts sector to receive a boost.

Community museums, galleries and historical societies across regional Australia are receiving an important boost under the Coalition Government’s $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism program.

Blackbutt Art Gallery is set to receive $1,128 to replace inefficient lighting to save on energy costs.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said that more than $135,000 will flow to 50 organisations across the country, including $10,128 across four Maranoa groups.

“The Tambo Arts Council, Blackbutt Art Gallery, Winton District Historical Society and Museum and the Sister Kenny Memorial Museum in Nobby have been successful in this first round of CHART funding,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The grants will support the reactivation and ongoing sustainability of these successful applicants, with each playing a key role in telling the stories of their local communities and preserving Australia’s cultural heritage.”

Mr Littleproud encouraged community-run arts, cultural and heritage organisations in Maranoa to apply for a CHART program grant.

“This will help us to continue offering appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities, as well as helping to rebuild local economies,” he said.

Applications are open until 29 April 2022, or until allocated funding is expended.

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) is delivering the program on behalf of the Government.