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ACT PROJECTS (article first published : 2005-08-16)

Since its inception the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has funded more than 400 projects across the spectrum in arts and culture.

With the renewed support of Founding Trustees; Nedbank, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Sun International, the Department of Arts & Culture and the Vodacom Foundation, ACT is pleased to announce that 31 applicants in 11 arts disciplines will receive funding of almost R1.5 million this year. A portion of these funds will go towards 10 bursaries which have been awarded to formal and non-formal educational institutions specialising in arts and culture.

Among the recipients is The Centre for Creative Artsí project Poetry Africa with an amount granted of R100,000. Poetry Africa is an international festival of poets with a central programme of more than 20 poets representing approximately 12 countries. Other activities include free seminars, workshops and performance opportunities for amateur poets.

Msunduzi Music Centre, which receives R50,000, is run by a group of qualified jazz musicians and offers theory of music, rhythm studies and training in guitar, piano, drums recorder and saxophone.

In the Arts Education category, The Caversham Centre for Artists & Writers will receive R40,000 for its Specialist Residency and Partner Workshop. The project will form part of a partnership programme of printmaking workshops that will introduce participants to printmaking skills and examine areas where they can be used in allied areas.

ACT was founded in 1994 by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Nedbank, Sun International and the Vodacom Foundation.

The trust focuses on five areas of development: job creation; creative skills; management skills; cultural diversity, awareness and understanding (the promotion of local cultures and facilitation of cultural exchange) and cultural tourism and marketing (the expansion of the local and international markets for SA culture). Only projects that fell within the scope of at least one of the five focus areas were evaluated according to merit, impact, development, sustainability, capacity and profile.

Applications were referred to subcommittees comprising trustees with experience and expertise in the fields of theatre, music, dance, film and video, literature, heritage, arts administration, community arts, visual arts and arts education. Requests were assessed, projects investigated, budgets scrutinised and individually rated according to each criteria. Those projects which scored more than 80 percent were taken through to the final round of assessment.

More information from Jerome Balakistan on 011 802 7646, e-mail: info@act.org.za or visit www.act.org.za




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