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Support social inclusion and creative opportunity at every life stage by voting for two exceptional creative programs at Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG).

As part of the NSW Government's My Community grant program, community members have until 15 August to place their vote in support of local projects, in person or online at Service NSW.


  • You'll need to know your Service NSW log in. It may ask you to confirm your identity with your medicare card
  • Select our electorate (Ballina)
  • Browse and shortlist your three favourite projects (look for this picture to find our project)
  • Make sure "Creative Lifelong Learning Programs at NRCG" is listed as your number 1 preference. 
  • Submit your vote



Northern Rivers Community Gallery is calling for locals to cast their vote in support of its Creative Lifelong Learning Program. "The program ensures all members of our community have access to dynamic artistic and cultural experiences" explains Gallery Coordinator, Lee Mathers.

"BOLD Sparks Creative Sessions and 1000 Words Arts and Literacy program, both initially received funding as pilot programs, however despite their recognised success, we have no ongoing ability to offer these programs."

"BOLD Sparks Creative Sessions give local seniors and community members living in aged care facilities, the opportunity for monthly creative engagement and social morning tea at the gallery. This is a really important opportunity for some of the most isolated and least mobile members of our community." says Mathers.

"Through the program, with guidance from professional artists and mentors, participants explore creative activities designed to engage higher order cognitive thinking, reinforce fine motor skills and support social interaction. At a different life stage, the grant will also support 1000 Words Arts and Literacy program, which harnesses the potential for the arts to improve literacy outcomes - through artistic discussions, creative writing, and vocabulary enrichment for school aged children. "This unique program can be fully integrated in to the school curriculum, is subsidised and open to all schools in the Northern Rivers. To date 21 Northern Rivers schools have engaged creatively with the gallery exhibitions through this unique program exploring how a picture can tell a 1000 words and has achieved impressive literacy improvements (as measured through NAPLAN grading criteria)."

'These programs are not on offer in 2019, but we hope to offer them again to our Community in 2020"

Vote now for NRCG's Creative Lifelong Learning programs at

Voting closes on 15 August, 2019.

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