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Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism

DIVISION OF CULTURE

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OUR MANDATE IS
“To ensure an environment where each culture can flourish in a spirit of understanding, tolerance and harmony.”

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About the Division

Division of Culture

The Division of Culture is the agency charged with the responsibility for supporting and guiding the development of the artistic manifestations of our culture through the support of the work of cultural and religious organizations, national cultural organizations and deserving individuals. The Division is also responsible for policy development and implementation in the culture sector.

Our History

Prior to 1981 the responsibility for the entire Culture portfolio of Trinidad and Tobago were shared by four (4) separate agencies; the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Culture Unit of the Division of Community Development, the National Cultural Council and the Best Village Unit. The National Cultural Council was a small group of outstanding artists who served as an Advisory Body to the Government. Throughout its existence, until 1981, Mr. Andrew Carr, Ms. Marjorie Padmore and Dr. J. D. Elder, each served as Chairman of the Council.

The Division of Culture grew out of a combination of the Division of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Cultural Unit of the Community Development Division; it was first located in the Ministry of Community Development and Culture.

In the early stages it functioned mainly in the areas of Research and Training in various community based arts. During the second half of the 1980’s, the focus shifted from its original function to one of Arts and Culture Management.

The Division of Culture operated as an agency of Government that was charged with the responsibility of facilitating, promoting and preserving the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. This responsibility ensured that citizens continued to develop to the extent that, regardless of their innate differences, they will possess the qualities necessary to enable them to be empowered and live in dignity. The Culture portfolio has been attached to a number of Ministries in the post independence era. These included:

  1. Ministry of Education and Culture
  2. Ministry of Community Development and Culture
  3. Ministry of Sport, Culture and Youth Affairs
  4. Ministry of Youth, Sport, Culture and Creative Arts
  5. Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Women’s Affairs
  6. Ministry of Culture and Gender Affairs
  7. Ministry of Human Development, Youth and Culture
  8. Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  9. Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs
  10. Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism

Our Line Ministry

The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism was formed by Cabinet Minute No: 435 (2nd Session) dated August 5th, 2010. As the line Ministry of the Division of Culture, it was created to place our rich artistic and multicultural heritage at the forefront of our nation's development. The formation of this new Ministry also signals the government's intention to develop the creative cultural economy of Trinidad and Tobago.

Key Objectives

  1. To create an enabling environment for the manifestation of Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
  2. Support policy development and capacity building in the sector so as to increase its contribution to the GDP
  3. Assist National Cultural organizations to become more self sufficient and improve their management of national festivals
  4. To develop programmes and policies that reflect the multi-ethnic society of Trinidad and Tobago
  5. To deliver and support the library and information needs of all customers
  6. To showcase the art and heritage of Trinidad and Tobago to an international audience and to sensitize the local community to the international development of arts and heritage

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Cultural Work

Our Achievements

Here is a listing of select achievements from 2000-2012 of the Division of Culture

Our Projects

Our Programs

The National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers

The National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers is a programme of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The goals of this initiative are to facilitate access of intended beneficiaries to the gains provided by seven distinct amendments (Act No. 91 of 2000, Act No. 2 of 2002, Act No. 4 of 2004, Act No. 2 of 2006, Act No. 17 of 2007 and include Act No. 13 of 2010) to the Corporation Tax Act.

The development of a database of all artists to facilitate development of cultural industries, research and heritage will be an additional goal of the project. The Registry will also optimize the benefits to be accrued to nationals from the Caribbean Single Market and Economy and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and CARICOM.

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The Remember When Institute

The creation of The Remember When Institute as the repository for all our memories will provide not only access by the general public to a store house of our intangible heritage, but a systemized approach to the continued recording and storage of our memories for future generations.

One of the goals of ‘The Remember When Institute’ is to instil in both the present and future generations a respect and understanding of various aspects of our cultural influences and practices such as traditional songs and dance, art, religious rituals, festivals, and agriculture. It is a journey into the origins of these unique multiethnic art forms, the only one of its kind in this Diaspora.

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News & Events

Culture Division News

Aug 4, 2013

2013 Online Consultations

The Draft National Policy for Multiculturalism and the Draft National Cultural Policy is open for review. Get information on policy and documents here.

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Jul 16, 2013

The Launch of the 2nd Semester of Music Schools in the Community

On Saturday the 8th of June 2013, at Bon Air Secondary School in Arouca, the public was invited to the launch of the 2nd Semester of Music Schools in the Community by the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism.

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Culture Division Events

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Questions you might ask

  • How to apply for grant funding / sponsorship?
    Persons interested in sourcing financial assistance from the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism should submit a written request to the Grants Committee of the Ministry. Read more.
  • How to get technical support for an event / project?
    Persons interested in sourcing technical support for an event/ project should submit a written request to the Director of Culture head of the Culture Division in the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism. Read more.
  • What cultural stakeholder organisations are there in T&T?
    The list is extensive. We've classified them into three (3) sections. Check here for the full list.
  • What does the Culture Division do?
    Quite a bit. However to learn more of our areas of focus check here.
  • What is the National Registry and how do I apply?
    The National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers is a programme of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. For more information visit the Registry page for more information.
  • What events are the Ministry hosting / having?
    Activities within the Culture division are posted here

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Cultural Portal

Agencies

Public Sector

Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism

Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration

Ministry of Community Development

  • Community Development Division
  • Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition
  • Community Development Fund
  • Export Centres Company Limited

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment

Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro-Enterprises Development

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training

  • University of Trinidad & Tobago
  • The Academy at UTT for Arts, Letters, Culture & Public Affairs
  • Academy for the Performing Arts
  • The Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at UTT
  • College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Department of Performing Arts

Ministry of the People and Social Development

  • Special Achievers Fund

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ministry of Legal Affairs

  • Intellectual Property Office

Ministry of Finance and the Economy

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Multilateral Relations Division
  • Bilateral Relations Division

Ministry of Public Administration

Office of the Prime Minister

  • Sport and Culture Fund

Ministry of Communications

  • Government Information Services Limited

Tobago House of Assembly

  • Division of Community, Development and Culture
  • Culture Department

Ministry of Tourism

Civil Society

Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, Culture Division

Contact Us

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Location & Map

The Division of Culture
Ground & First Floors
JOBCO Building
51-55 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism
Levels 8 & 18
Nicholas Tower
63-65 Independence Square
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

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