Plans To Expand CDD’s Programmes

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Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett. (FP)

The programmes currently being offered by the Community Development Department (CDD) will be expanded.

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steve Blackett, disclosed this today, at the launch this morning of the Community Art Programme Exhibition.

He said the CDD would “extend the offerings of this programme to include a number of additional disciplines.”

Minister Blackett explained that in light of the economic activity traditionally generated around Crop Over, the CDD would offer additional disciplines such as costume construction, wire bending, screen printing and fabric printing.

This, he said, would “ensure that there is a pool of technical skills available to service the needs of the creative industries…and provide opportunities for the export of these services across the region.”

According to the Social Care Minister, the Community Art Programme was established in 2002 to provide instruction in the creative areas of drawing and illustration, computer graphics and design, airbrushing and animation.

The major goal of the programme was “to develop the artistic skills of individuals who wish to pursue a career in the field of art but are unable to access formal education”.

As such, he said the programme was open to creative individuals between age 15 and adulthood who are seriously interested in pursuing art as a career goal.

The exhibition will be mounted in Norman Centre until Saturday, December 2, and the public is invited to view and purchase the pieces which will be on show.

paula.harper-grant@barbados.gov.bb

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