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Cultural Development

The Cultural Development Department is headed by the Chief Cultural Officer who oversees a staff of 8 Cultural Officers assigned in the following areas:

– Dance
– Film/Video
– Literary Arts
– Music
– Theatre Arts
– Visual Arts

– Curator-Queens Park Gallery
– Research/Documentation

And four (4) other support staff in Administration and at the Gallery.

Chief Cultural Officer - Andrea Wells

Chief Cultural Officer – Andrea Wells

The main functions of the department are:

  • Carrying out the cultural development policies and programmes of the Foundation.
  • Conceptualisation and preparation of programme proposals and budgets.
  • Identification and mobilisation of technical resources in such a way as to enable the Foundation to implement its cultural development policy.
  • Organisation of training programmes for individuals and groups in the various disciplines of the Arts.
  • Organisation of educational programmes pertaining to the cultural heritage of Barbados for individuals and groups.
  • Carrying out research and compiling data on the cultural heritage of Barbados.
  • Assisting in the organisation of national festivals.
  • Producing the annual NIFCA-the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts.
  • Liaising with various governmental and non-governmental departments in the facilitation of cultural development in Barbados.

Chief Cultural Officer

The Chief Cultural Officer has responsibility for:

  • Overseeing the administration of the department’s programming and exhibition goals.
  • Serving as the NCF’s representative to several cultural committees, most notably the Barbados National Committee of International Council of Museums.
  • Forging links between the Operations department and other departments within the NCF and Government.
  • Supervising the staff of the Cultural Development Department of the NCF.

The objectives of the Cultural Development Department are:

  • To develop a cultural awareness and national identity among Barbadians
  • To train our artists to recognise, strive for and achieve standards of excellence
  • To identify persons ‘at risk’ of becoming involved in socially and culturally desirable activities
  • To expand and enrich the creative framework for artistes to maximise their creative and business potential.
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