Community Arts Development Programme

Cultural Policy and ResearchSection, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth
Key objectives of the measure:

The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • to create ensembles for theatre, drama, wind players, rhythm section muscians and vocalists,
  • to seek collaboration with cultural stakeholders such as the Ministry of Educatioin, the National Cultural Foundation and other arts organisations , in addressing such issues as pedagogy, teacher training, content, and availability of resources to facilitate creativity in the performing arts. 
  • to improve the standard and quality of performances during the National Independence Festival for the Creative Arts
  • to provide a major boost to the cultural re-awakening  at the community level 
  • to promote an appreciation and understanding of the value of the arts in all facets of our daily lives
  • to foster and promote a sense of national identity through the use of the arts
  • to begin a feeder programme for the establishment of a National School for the Performing Arts at some appropriate time in the future
    Scope of the measure:
    Regional, National
    Nature of the measure:
    Main feature of the measure:

    The primary goals of the Community Arts Development Programme are as follows:

    • To expose local communities to the performing arts and to move the persons trained into academic programmes at the secondary and tertiary levels;
    • To stimulate and promote excellence in all areas of the performing arts;
    • To improve the quality of performing arts in Barbados;
    • To foster and promote a strong sense of national identity through the use of the arts;
    • To deliver  broad-based access to children in Barbados in all areas of the performing arts, regardless of levels of income, education, ethnicity, race, age, gender, whether as participants and or as audiences.
    Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

    The expected results of the Community Arts Development Programme are:

    1. Students would be trained to read and write music
    2. The development of performance skills in steel pan and ensemble skills by performing in a steel band
    3. The formation of two steel pan bands
    4. Students trained in dance and drama
    5. Increased community arts programming for the youth
    6. A commitment from the Ministry of Education, the Barbados Community College, the National Cultural Foundation, the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies to conduct community programmes which develop creativity in youth and build a strong platform for the performing arts in Barbados
    7. An end of year production by the students of the programme demonstrating the skills learnt and acquired.
    8. The creation of ensembles for theatre, drama, wind players, rhythm section musicians and vocalists
    9. The publication of a report on the programme and its outcomes 
      Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

      US$ 26,000

      Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
      Cultural Domain(s)
      Performing Arts