Rave About Arts is a not for profit organisation that builds excellence by artistic programming for vibrant livability and wellbeing across the region. Partnerships with stakeholders and ongoing community consultation ensures we maintain programming relevancy and space for critical reflection. Expanding networks inter-regionally ensures we remain committed to acknowledging diversity as we invest and advocate for the arts sector.
Responsible for delivering a diverse and full annual program of activities, Rave About Arts provides a diverse and adventurous artistic program of events including the presentation of professional performing arts events, the creation of community events and support for artists and art groups across all art forms throughout and beyond the Ravensthorpe region.
Formerly known as the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council (RRAC), Rave About Arts has a thirty year presenting history and the reputation of presenting high quality events, encouraging the development of audiences and participation, at the same time building community cohesion and identity. Programming for 2020/2021 has been curated to contemplate social issues and mental wellness, reflecting the changing needs of the wider region.
Annual funding is currently received by the Shire of Ravensthorpe and Regional Arts WA, supported by other funding applications.
In partnership with Regional Arts WA, Rave About Arts’ Hub Network includes the Shires of Jerramungup and Lake Grace, building partnerships with local business, community groups, government and individuals in order to further develop art in the wider region.
Rave About Arts provides a positive economic stimulus to the region with grants, sponsorships and partnerships bringing in external money to the area. This positive economic impact on the region builds upon the services of local businesses, community members and local government; raising the profile of the region for all stakeholders.
The Shire of Ravensthorpe in the southern Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia has a population of 1,733 (2016 census). It has two main townships, Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe and two satellite towns, Jerdacuttup and Munglinup. The region has a rich farming and mining history dating back to 1848 when the area was first surveyed. Within the Shire is the Fitzgerald River National Park, a recognised UNESCO Biosphere and one of the largest and most botanically significant National Parks in Australia.
Rave About Arts is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Royalties for Regions funded Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program and Regional Arts WA.