Friday 4 December, 2020

Culture Ministry launches consultations on Cultural Recognition Policy

The Ministry of the Community Development, Culture and the Arts will be conducting public consultations on a new Cultural Recognition Policy.

Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly announced the installation of the consultation at the post-Cabinet press briefing.

She said the policy acknowledges the need for the formal recognition of excellence as this will provide positive role models for young people, encourage excellence in the arts and manage the expectation of our citizens with regard to the recognition of cultural pursuits.

The policy covers three areas: cultural awards, cultural ambassadors and cultural legend.

The Minister revealed that the cultural awards, meant to build competency in the arts, will contain nine categories: Best New Artist or Group, Most Consistent Artist or Group, Most Innovative Artist, International Breakthrough Artist, Outreach Award, Cultural Heritage Award, Cultural Entrepreneur of the Year, Sustainable Award and Champion of the Arts.

Three cultural ambassadors will be appointed under the Cultural Ambassador programme.

The Minister said they will be appointed per year to promote and advance the culture of Trinidad and to promote the twin-island as a culture and heritage destination to the region and globally. The selected people will enter into a contractual arrangement with the Ministry.

The third arm of the policy, Cultural Legend, will see an award be given to someone with a long and meritorious career in the arts.

The timeframe for consultation is two to three weeks and selected groups and institutions will be invited to attend a couple of sessions. The public will be able to submit comments online.

The Minister said she wants to launch the policy during Carifesta which T&T is hosting in August and the awards will be held in 2020.

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