In keeping with VPAJ's new focus for 2013 on markets for Jamaica's creative & tech community, we are co-organising a 2-day seminar “Exporting Creativity" in collaboration with British Council and The Institute of Caribbean Studies, UWI, Mona.
Venue: KNUTSFORD COURT HOTEL, 16 Chelsea Avenue, Kingston 5. Tel. (1876) 929-1000 or 906-2939
Open to: All practitioners/producers from Jamaica’s creative industries, both established and those who consider themselves new entrants. Also welcomed are students and other young persons interested in exploring whether the creative industries hold promise for them as a career and business.
We are delighted to announce that the British Council Jamaica has gifted VPAJ with copies of “Mapping the Creative Industries: A Toolkit” for our creative community. With the growing interest worldwide in the “creative economy”, this shares the UK’s experiences in developing its own creative sectors whilst striving for social inclusion and diversity. If you would like to receive a copy, please email: email@example.com.
The U.S. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Research has released the findings from a study entitled “An Average Day in the Arts: State Participation Patterns from the American Time Use Survey for 2006-2010”.
The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has secured grant funding from Department for International Development CARTFund (administered by the Caribbean Development Bank) for a project to ‘Operationalize the Jamaica Coalition of Service Industries’ (JCSI).
Running until the end of September 2013, this project has two main components:
i) Establish and operationalize JCSI’s Secretariat, which will involve the preparation of a 3-year “Services Sector Strategy and Expansion Plan” focusing on priority service sub-sectors.
At the end of 2009, VPAJ conducted a Visioning & Strategic Planning exercise with its then constituent creative industries, viz. Authors, Illustrators & Publishers; Dance; Film & TV; Theatre; Visual Arts; as well as affiliated providers of goods and services. Using focus group and one-to-one discussions, more than 75 persons were consulted - individuals, companies, industry-specific associations, educational establishments, national institutions as well as the ministries and public sector entities engaged in these industries.
According to Culture Minister Stephen Lashley, “the creative sector in Barbados has immense potential, but the country must make up for lost time in capitalizing upon it.” He added that the Ministry was in the advanced stages of drafting a new Cultural Industries Bill, which he anticipates having enacted before the end of the year.
With support from UNESCO, St Vincent and the Grenadines is embarking on the development of the country’s national cultural policy. Announced by Elvis Charles, Junior Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Youth, Sports and Culture, this project aims to develop cultural diversity in St Vincent.
At the end of 2008, the EU and 15 CARIFORUM countries signed a European-Partnership Agreement (EPA). This was the first time the EU included cultural provisions in a trade agreement with third countries, and it was intended to increase cultural exchanges and business cooperation involving the cultural and creative sectors (incl. visual arts, performing arts, arts fairs, heritage, film and video, television and radio, video games, computer animation, music, publishing, design, fashion etc).