HISTORY OF THE GUAM COUNCIL ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES AGENCY
The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency was established in 1967 by the late Dr. Pedro Sanchez under the University of Guam and was then called the Insular Arts Council (IAC). The agency was dedicated to the development of programs in music, visual arts, cultural heritage, literature, and arts education. In 1972, Through Executive Order 75-23, the late Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo re-established the Insular Arts Council as part of the executive office in 1975.
Public Law 18-8 was enacted to ensure CAHA’s perpetual existence in support of the arts on Guam. Guam CAHA's programs are numerous and include the issuance of grants to individuals and organizations for the perpetuation of the arts and culture of our island, such as folk arts projects, visual arts displays and exhibits, and music and theatre productions to name a few.
“To inspire creativity and expression”
“CAHA exists to encourage and promote the artistic practice of our artisans and create opportunities for Guam residents to learn, experience express and appreciate art and artistic talent in all its forms”
“Weaving Arts & Humanities into our daily lives”
“To encourage, foster, advance and promote a lifelong appreciation of the arts and humanities as a crucial foundation to the welfare and prosperity of our island community.”
“CAHA will perpetuate the arts and humanities with programs and initiatives that enhance our quality of life through education, creative expression, and the professional development of our local artists.”
“Increase Public awareness, interest, participation and support for the arts and humanities.”
- Develop and implement a public awareness and community outreach program.
- Create and maintain an annual calendar of CAHA activities, events and programs
- Implement workshops and forums to build capacity, share resources and foster the arts and humanities in our community
- Coordinate and support artisan participation in local and regional events
“Analyze, further develop and sustain core CAHA programs and/ or initiatives.” Objectives: 2.a. Review and analyze CAHA’s current programs for effectiveness and efficiency. (Percent for the Arts, Traditional Masters Recognition, NEA Grants Program, Gallery, Art Bank) 2.b. Review other relevant programs and initiatives in the community to identify redundancies, opportunities and gaps. 2.c. Develop strategy to adjust and/or strengthen core programs.
“To build and strengthen the internal resources and capabilities of CAHA in support of our mission.”
- Identify and participate in opportunities for the professional development of staff and board
- Identify and pursue funding needs, leveraged resources and potential revenue sources to support the professional development program
- Identify and acquire the tools and equipment needed to support the mission and capabilities of CAHA
“Provide opportunities for the advancement of the arts and humanities disciplines through target, innovative programs and initiatives.”
- Develop & implement a yearly series of innovative programs and/or initiatives that will advance the arts and humanities within our community.
“To foster and develop potential opportunities, locally, nationally, and internationally, for artists of all disciplines to participate.”
- Actively pursue financial partnerships and collaborations with private corporations in presenting the highest quality arts programming available within the territory.
- Develop local, national and international networks for the advancement of artistic excellence among our local artists.
- Identify and evaluate local artists and their works to connect their talents with the networks (i.e.: artists in residency programs, art exchange programs, apprenticeships, training, etc.)
“Incentivize individual artists and arts organizations to be proactive in heightening awareness of the arts and humanities.”
- Develop incentive program for artists to increase participation of the arts community with CAHA
- Identify events designed to showcase the various arts and humanities disciplines to our community.