Local creativity is set to go on show in Doveton with Kojo and the Ananse Stories among 106 artists and arts organisations across the state to share in more than $1.5 million in grants through the latest round of Creative Victoria’s Arts Grants program.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Belinda Annan has received $12,678 grant for the presentation of ‘Kojo and the Ananse Stories’, a new work designed for kids by Asanti Dance Theatre, that utilises storytelling, slapstick comedy, dance, music and acrobatics and traditional Ghanaian folk tales.

The project is in esteemed company with the round providing support for projects ranging from established events such as the Melbourne Cabaret Festival to performances by the School of Hard Knocks choir. The round will support projects across Melbourne as well as regional areas and a range of international opportunities have also been supported which will see Victorian artists travel and create work in countries including Canada, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France and Indonesia.

In total, the latest Vic Arts Grants projects will provide career development opportunities for close to 1,500 artists across the state and provide a creative outlet for more than 3,000 members of the Victorian community.

The Vic Arts Grants program supports Victorian artists and small arts organisations to create, present and program new work. The next round of funding for new creative projects will close on 29 July for projects commencing from 1 December 2015. For more information visit www.creative.vic.gov.au/funding