COGG mayor Bruce Harwood, CHYA artist in residence Louise Richardson, CHYA media and communications coordinator Kgshak Akec and Cr Jim Mason celebrate the announcement at CHYA. Photo: HANNAH KENNY

City backs local arts and culture association

September 5, 2019 BY

THE City of Greater Geelong will continue to support Courthouse Youth Arts (CHYA) for the next four years, with the council committing to a funding and lease agreement for 2019-23.

For over 20 years, CHYA has planned and delivered its innovative programs for the region’s inspiring creative community. The organisation offers a tailored programme of cultural arts events and activities, which in turn gives young people the opportunity to forge pathways during the early stages of their careers.

Councillor Jim Mason, chair of the city’s art, culture and heritage portfolio, said CHYA offered an “entry point” for young people interested in the arts.

“Courthouse Youth Arts makes a very important social contribution to our community,” Cr Mason said.

“A number of its activities particularly engage at-risk youth and young people from traditionally under-represented groups, which makes it all the more vital that we continue to support it.”

The agreement will see CHYA receive $265,915 annually, including Consumer Price Index (CPI) increments, for the next four years. The COGG also transfers monthly rental income from the Courthouse Café to the centre, equating to a total yearly contribution of nearly $300,000 across the four-year agreement.

Mayor Bruce Harwood said he was pleased council agreed to continue its 23-year partnership with CHYA.

“The not-for-profit association does great work in our community, by giving young people access to the arts and the opportunity to develop their skills and improve their confidence.”