News that Powys art groups will receive an extra £100,000 in the next financial year has been welcomed by the county council.
The Arts Council for Wales announced its funding programme for 2016/17 last week with more than £750,000 for county groups including an additional £102,699 thanks to two Powys organisations being added to the new Arts Portfolio Wales.
Councillor Graham Brown, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services said; “The Arts Council for Wales continued investment in Powys is very much welcomed. News that two organisations Arts Alive, Crickhowell and the Welfare Hall, Ystradgynlais have been added to the Wales portfolio bringing an extra £102,699 to the county is particularly pleasing.
“At a time of considerable financial pressure it is vital that our arts and cultural establishments are able to attract external finance and continue to perform at the highest standards for our county residents.
“The Arts Council of Wales is now investing in seven of our key arts organisations as part of its national portfolio, including community arts organisations in the north and south of the county – Arts Connection in Llanfyllin and Arts Alive Wales, Crickhowell, Theatr Hafren and the Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, the Welfare Ystradgynlais and Powys Dance. The Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells is also supported through a partnership arrangement with Theatr Mwldan in Cardigan.
“I am delighted that Powys Dance has transitioned from a council run service to independence so successfully and is flourishing in its new form with continued funding from the Arts Council of Wales and less from the council.”
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