The objective of the PACC is to create an enabling environment for the ongoing development of arts and culture in the Free State. To this end the PACC has embarked on the identification and documentation of Free State arts and culture structures. This entails:
- Data gathering and documentation of artists and art forms which are intrinsic to the Free State; Skills training;
- Provision of facilities for the development of neglected arts and culture;
- Development of arts, cultures and languages;
- Production and audience development;
- Employment and income generation;
- Growth to excellence and self-sustainability;
- Maintaining the existing pool of arts and culture in the Free State; and
- Affirmative action and redress.
All arts and culture groups, individuals and practitioners in the arts sector in the Free State are eligible to apply for grants from the PACC and funding is allocated based on a certain criteria. For 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 financial year, the PACC received an amount of R1 million from the Department. Part of this allocation was used as grants to individuals and arts organisations as well as other functions of the PACC as per legislation. In March 2012, a total of forty two (42) Arts Organisations and individual artists were funded and a total of nine (9) artists were provided with bursaries to study in various institutions of higher learning.
For the next funding cycles, the council hopes to increase number of beneficiaries. Applications have already been invited from various artists and organisations to apply for grants. The closing date for applications for funding by individuals and organisations is 14 September and for bursary applications is 23 November. Special funding is available for those individuals and groups that need money urgently and whose programmes are unique in nature. Eight (8) categories of the sector are funded, namely:
- Literary Arts
- Dance & Choreography
- Film & Video
- Theatre & Drama
- Visual Arts and Research in the field of arts & culture
Currently we have funded a major musical called “RENT” under the category of special programmes. This musical will be staged at Pacofs from the 11th September 2012 before they undergo a provincial tour in 2013. We are also in partnership with Free State Department of Sport, arts, culture and recreation together with the National Arts Council of South Africa to implement Macufe developmental programme which encompasses both the auditions in five districts and a performance space at Macufe Homebrew. This programme has already kick-started in two districts on from the 5th October 2012, it will culminate into artistic extravaganza called the HOMEBREW.
Me. Thoko Nogabe (chairperson)
Me. Ntswaki Keiso-Lesole
Me. Bahedile Jwayi
Mr. Paul Lechalaba
Mr. Zukile March
Mr. Danny Moleko (ex officio)