CEMA (Council for Encouragement of Music and the Arts) is a volunteer arts organisation in Portland, Victoria, Australia. In July 2015 it celebrated 70 years of continuous activity. CEMA inc. operates as an umbrella organisation for a number of arts interest groups. Groups enjoy meeting at two Glenelg Shire owned venues; Portland Arts Centre and Julia Street Creative Space.
Early CEMA members worked hard to raise money and lobby for an Arts centre in Portland. The dream became a reality in 1974 with the opening of the CEMA Arts Centre. The building was renamed in 2005 as the Portland Arts Centre.
The need for a home for visual arts groups was recognised and The Arts Company was opened in 1995. This complex which includes a retail outlet for artists works, workshop space and artist accommodation was recently renamed Julia Street Creative Space.
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