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Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism

Launch of the “Mentoring by the Masters” 2014

Radisson

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

10.00 am

Speaking Notes for

FEATURE ADDRESS

Presented by:

Dr. the Honourable Lincoln Douglas

Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism

 

SALUTATIONS

  • Mr Maurice Suite, Permanent Secretary , Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism
  • Mrs Patricia Boyce-Diaz, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism
  • Mrs Ingrid Ryan Ruben, Director of Culture
  • Other Members of the Management of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism
  • The 2014 Mentors Earl Lovelace, Marina Salandy-Brown, Joseph Valley, Lindyann Bodden Ritch and Renee Cummings.
  • The Mentors of the 2013 Mentoring by the Masters Programme
  • Representatives of the Diplomatic Corps
  • Other Specially Invited Guests
  • Members of the Media

ADDRESS

Greetings ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the Launch of the Mentoring by the Masters programme. It is an honour to be here in the presence of so many of the leaders in our creative and cultural sector.

REASONING BEHIND THE MENTORING BY THE MASTERS PROGRAMME

  • Having recognised the need to facilitate the exchange of techniques and information within the artistic community, and the need to develop mechanisms to acknowledge the achievements of senior cultural practitioners, the Ministry sought to create a programme which would achieve these objectives.
  • Consequently, the goal of the Mentoring by the Masters programme is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from senior, accomplished artists to emerging practitioners or apprentices in their respective fields. We, at the Ministry, also chose to celebrate these mentors simultaneously.
  • The Mentoring by the Masters programme safeguards the future for our sector and ensures that the next generation of movers and shakers in the field have the resources to move forward.
  • It facilitates the transfer of knowledge and know-how from senior, accomplished artists and cultural workers, to up-and-coming artistes in their respective fields.

OVERVIEW OF THE MENTORING BY THE MASTERS PROGRAMME

2012/2013 MENTORING BY THE MASTERS PROGRAMME

This is the second instalment of the program. The first ran for three months in 2012.

Seventy five participants were mentored by: 

      • Mr. Zeno Constance (workshops in Theatre were held in Fyzabad)
      • Mr. Rodney Ramjit (workshops in costume design and costume making for Ramleela were held in Avocat)
      • Mr. Krishna Persad (workshops in classical Indian Dance were held in Chaguanas)
      •    Dr. Kim Johnson (workshops in Writing for Film were held in Port of Spain)
      •   Mr. Errol Ince (workshops in Music were held in Port of Spain).
  • An award ceremony was held at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts in 2013.
  • All mentors of the 2013 programme have been registered with the National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers. This process will also be administered with our 2014 mentors.

THE 2014 MENTORING BY THE MASTERS PROGRAMME

  • In 2014, a similar structure will be used for the program.
  • Five mentors have been selected and will each spend 80 contact hours with program participants. Workshops will be facilitated in the areas of Professional Development (Renee Cummings), Festival Development (Marina Salandy- Brown), Music Accompaniment (Lindyann Ritch), Heritage Preservation through Film (Joseph Valley) and Literary Arts (Earl Lovelace). Areas identified for sessions are Matura, St. Augustine, Port of Spain and San Fernando.
  • Mentors were selected by the Assessment Committee of the National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers. The committee comprises of:
      •   A representative of CreativeTT
      • A representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
      • A representative of the University of the West Indies
      • A representative of the University of Trinidad and Tobago
      • Director of Culture, Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism (Chairman)
      •  The Adviser to the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism
      • The Chief Executive Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited
      • The Cultural Programme Co-ordinator, Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism (Secretary)
      • The Curator, The National Museum and Art Gallery
      • The Director, Culture Department, Division of Community Development and Culture, Tobago House of Assembly
      •  The President, Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago
      •  The President, Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters
  • The Secretariat of the National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers is responsible for coordinating the 2014 program.
  • Members of the Registry have been contacted to participate in the program. This is just one of the tangible benefits being offered to members of our database.
  • An award ceremony is scheduled in December to honour our mentors as well as showcase the work of program participants.
  • The award granted to the mentors of 2013 and 2014 was designed by Cultural Officer 1 Ms. Daniella Carrington and handcrafted by copper artist Glendon Morris.

CONCLUSION

  • Ladies and gentlemen the Mentoring by the Masters programme will ensure that the experience and knowledge gained by some of the best in our creative sector will be conveyed to the next innovators in the field.
  • The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, and by extension, the government, continues to invest heavily in the creative and cultural sector because, as stated in government policy,a cultural environment that frees up citizens for cultural expression will strengthen national identity, without in any way, stifling individual expression and diversity.
  • It is my sincerest hope that the individuals who participate in the programme will seize the opportunity to incorporate the learning they received into their lives. In so doing, they will grow to make significant contributions the sector and to this country called Trinidad and Tobago.

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