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Branching Out: New Connections New Directions

TRA is proud to announce that it has recently commenced a two year project to investigate and support social enterprise development in regional Tasmania through the arts. Funded with the support of the Westpac Foundation, Branching Out: New Connections, New Directions intends to equip regional Tasmania's community arts organisations with skills and expertise to generate their own resources, placing less emphasis on grants and more on economic self - sustainability.

Social enterprise is a means by which people come together and use market-based ventures to achieve agreed social ends. It is characterized by creativity, entrepreneurship, and a focus on community rather than individual profit. It is a creative endeavour that results in social, financial, service, educational, employment, or other community benefits. Social Enterprise in Australia: An Introductory Handbook, Adelaide Central Mission, 2002.

Whilst in its early stages, Branching Out has great potential to grow the capacity of Tasmanian artists and community arts organisations as it is implemented.

In regional Tasmania, the presentation and development of local arts and cultural initiatives is often instigated and managed by local volunteer non profit arts organisations. Many of these groups sit under the umbrella of Tasmanian Regional Arts as branches, members or affiliate organisations. Whilst as varied as the communities they grow from, these groups share the common social aims of 'delivering accessible and relevant arts and cultural activities to their local community'. These activities contribute to the development of regional communities social, cultural and economic capacity.

Branching Out will facilitate an increased awareness of the application of social enterprise principles to the management of regional arts organisations. This will include dissemination of resources and introductory workshops.

Branching Out will pilot the implementation of social enterprise models with up to 2 selected arts organisations. This will enable arts organisations to develop feasibility studies, apply social enterprise principles to the delivery of their arts and cultural activities, be increasingly financially viable through the generation of income, implement a strategic business plan and establish partnerships.

TRA Regional Arts Development Officers will gain the knowledge and skills to support the development of future regional arts social enterprise initiatives.

Branching Out will develop and distribute resources to support the application of social enterprise principles to the management of regional arts organisations.

TRA is currently establishing a statewide reference group to assist and advise on the strategic implementation of this project.

Project updates will be posted regularly, to download social enterprise resources please visit: /resources/

For further information please contact Kylie Eastley on 0439 262 344 or branching...@tasregionalarts.org.au

Tasmanian Regional Arts

Head Office: Cnr George & James St, Latrobe, PO Box 172 Latrobe TAS 7307
Email i...@tasregionalarts.org.au Phone 03 6426 2344 Fax 03 6426 2889
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