A Cabinet-appointed steering committee of public and private stakeholders is helping to development Cayman’s first National Culture and Heritage Policy and Strategic Plan.
The policy will provide a framework for the government to address the conservation and promotion of Cayman’s heritage and culture, as well as education on these subjects, according to a press release from government. It is expected that the policy will be in place by early 2017.
The document will draw on existing strategies and policies that deal with culture and heritage, including the Cayman Islands Constitution, Vision 2008, and other national, regional and international policies.
The steering committee, comprised of representatives from cultural groups such as the Cayman Catboat Club, the National Archive, Cayman National Cultural Foundation, the National Trust, National Museum and National Gallery, recently met for the first time.
Premier Alden McLaughlin, who is also minister for culture, welcomed the team.
“I am pleased with the interest and enthusiasm of this committee,” Mr. McLaughlin is quoted in the release as saying to the committee. “Government enthusiastically awaits the results of your undertakings, which are vital to conserving our heritage and further developing our culture.”
The steering committee members will formulate a strategic plan to roll out a policy over a 10-year period from 2016 to 2026.
“The Culture and Heritage Policy will assist when making decisions, such as resource allocation, for things such as educational and social programs,” committee chairwoman and Ministry of Culture Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn said. “By having the steering committee in place and aiming for a broader public consultation, planned for later this year, we will ensure that the policy is responsive to the needs of the people of these islands.”
The steering committee will focus on issues such as land-based heritage, maritime heritage, subcultures, literary arts, visual arts and crafts, performing arts, festivals and leisure, tourism and creative industries.