On next year’s observance of Emancipation Day, the region’s cultural landscape will receive a significant uplift when The University of the West Indies (UWI) at Cave Hill in Barbados launches a new Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts.
It will be UWI’s ninth faculty — the seventh at Cave Hill — and is expected to open up a world of opportunities for aspiring cultural artists, performing arts practitioners and facilitate in-depth study of the Caribbean’s much-celebrated culture.
Establishment of the new Faculty was approved on October 31, when UWI’s Senate, the regional institution’s highest decision-making body, met at its Regional Headquarters in Jamaica. The Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts will begin operations from August 1, 2020 and will offer multidisciplinary and cross-faculty teachings.
The UWI Senate agreed that the creative economy was global in scope and presented an opportunity for the Caribbean to formalize its vast available resources in culture, creative imagination, and the creative sector.
The new faculty will be driven by a focus on deepening critical studies of Caribbean culture and identity as well as global economic imperatives that centre the creative industry within the academy. It will, therefore, empower graduates to generate personal and national wealth, local intellectual property rights, new employment opportunities, jobs and businesses regionally. It also opens a new conversation regarding the Caribbean as an owner and rights holder rather than a participant in the global creative economy that today accounts for USD $2.225 billion or 3 per cent of the world’s GDP.
— Article written by Carla Morris