In more than fifty (50) vacation camps spread throughout forty eight (48) locations in Trinidad and Tobago, young persons have the opportunity to learn more about our traditional art forms.
The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism is pleased to again partner with established organisations to facilitate a number of cultural camps for young persons during the July/August vacation period. In 2013, more than one thousand, six hundred (1,600) youths benefited from the Ministry’s Cultural Camp project and this year it is expected to be just as successful.
Children and teenagers between the ages of nine and seventeen years participate in interactive training sessions that develop their skills in several spheres of cultural activity such as pan playing, drumming, parang, cuatro making, wire bending, cardboard sculpting, leather craft, ceramics, visual arts, drama, dance, stilt walking and story-telling.
With an underlying theme of “Supporting a Culture of Peace”, the camps consist of two major components. The first is teaching of creative arts and indigenous traditions, while the second component focuses of life skills such as time management, grooming and anger management.
Initiatives like these, which serve as an alternative to juvenile delinquency, have become increasingly important given the upsurge in violence within the school system. It is expected that involvement in these cultural camps will foster cultural awareness, provide meaningful developmental activities and create a sense of community pride among the young participants.