SENIOR citizens, the local Noongar community, the disabled, disadvantaged families and marginalised youth will all benefit from a $100,000 Lotterywest grant to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre to encourage new audiences to centre productions.
The grant was presented to centre general manager Guy Boyce by South West MLC Barry House.
Mr House said the centre had a long track record of bringing quality artists to the region and should be applauded for their audience development program, which would see more inclusion and diversity and open up the cultural world to those who might not otherwise have been able to participate.
Mr Boyce said the grant would build on the success of the program that had been presented in partnership with Lotterywest since 2000.
He said 8351 people had directly benefited from the program in 2014-15.
“The program consists of five strategies, including one targeting disadvantaged families who can participate in the Splash holiday program for children,’’ he said.
“Another strategy is the Bindjareb program that has resulted in a significant increase in audience participation by the local Noongar community.
“The ongoing success of this program lies in the ability of the arts to promote a positive community identity, enable people to feel socially included, offer enjoyment and stimulating critical thinking and increase both cultural understanding and the quality of life for the people of Peel and the South-West,” Mr Boyce said.