MACEDON Ranges Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from accomplished local artists and producers to develop a program of activations in public spaces across the shire this year.

As part of the Arts and Culture Outdoor Activations program, the project is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to activate towns to help communities overcome any isolation experienced by COVID-19 and stimulate economic recovery for the shire’s businesses.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the program would help enhance public spaces across the Macedon Ranges.

“Our communities and local businesses have faced enormous challenges during the past two years,” she said.

“Through the Arts and Culture Outdoor Activation we will be engaging different artists and producers to program art works and performances in town public spaces to encourage increased levels of outdoor activity and enhance the vibrancy of shopping and dining precincts in our towns.”

The activations can be either performances, temporary installations or other arts-based experiences and will occur from March to May 2022. Producers are also encouraged to program events during council’s Autumn Festival from March 26 to April 25.

“This program is about bringing businesses, community and artists together with the ultimate goal of delivering engaging experiences to reconnect communities and assist business recovery by helping to stimulate the local economy,” Cr Anderson said.

“Macedon Ranges Shire has a wealth of talented artists, producers and performers and I know many of them are still recovering from the impacts of COVID on the creative sector.

“I encourage anyone with the creative skillset to submit a proposal to the program.”

Applications close on January 30. For more information, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/get-involved.