Grant provides Wellington Arts Centre with new office equipment

President of the Wellington Arts Society Lisa Thomas accepts the grant fundng cheque from Calara MP Andrew Gee. Photo: Supplied

President of the Wellington Arts Society Lisa Thomas accepts the grant fundng cheque from Calara MP Andrew Gee. Photo: Supplied

A grant of more than $4000 has helped provide the Wellington Arts Centre with brand new office equipment.

The $4970 funding has been made possible thanks to the 2019-2020 Volunteer Grants, which helped purchase indoor and outdoor chairs, easels, two laptops, a whiteboard, and a printer.

President of the Wellington Arts Society Lisa Thomas was thrilled to receive the funding to support the organisation's growth and development.

"It's great to be able to fit out the space so we can properly cater for the arts community in Wellington," Ms Thomas said.

"The centre is open three days a week and we encourage people to pop in to check out what we do and to see how they might like to get involved in the future.

Ms Thomas said new members can sign up there and then or the community can drop in any time to check out the exhibitions we host there from time to time.

The Wellington Arts Centre Inc has been running since 2015 and has seen a lot of growth in the last three years.

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The Australian Government's Volunteer Grants Program aims to support the efforts of Australia's volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering.

The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

Calare MP and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee was delighted to congratulate the members on receiving this support when he visited on Wednesday.

"The members of the Wellington Arts Centre have done a great job in developing the organisation into what it is today," Mr Gee said.

"They have come a long way and this office equipment will take their new premises to the next level, which will encourage both local artists and the wider community to use the space for events and other activities.

"Having grown into an organisation with roughly 80-100 members it's a real drawcard for the Wellington area hosting events and exhibitions onsite, and also offsite in outdoor open areas to maintain members' engagement and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic."