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FY 2018-2021


Realizing that the arts play a significant role in advancing education, community and cultural pride and enrichment, economic develop creativity, the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture (CCAC) will serve to develop and foster programs that promote excellence in the arts, promote and utilize our diverse artistic and cultural resources, provide quality arts experiences for our citizens and opportunities for artists, and promote and perpetuate the unique folk heritage of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).


To address its mission, the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture will adopt the following goals:

I.      Increase support for CNMI artists of all mediums
II.    Improve exhibit program and facilities with the long-term goal of the creation of a Cultural Center.
III.  Support and improve Arts in Education in all public schools K-12
IV.   Ensure that the folk arts of the CNMI is preserved
V.    Ensure the arts play an important role in the life of the entire community
VI. Create new art programs for people with disabilities
VII. Collaborate with Commonwealth Health Care Corporation (Rehabilitation program) to create Art therapy programs for the community
VIII. Creation of CCAC Canoe and Navigating Program
IX. Preserving the Indigenous Language through Performing Arts

These goals are outlined below, with the determined objectives and strategies to achieve these objectives.

I. Increase support for CNMI artists of all disciplines

Objective 1.1:
a) Increase grant funds available to CNMI Artists
Strategies 1.1:
a) Work to continue streamlining administrative costs and allocating funds to grant programs
b) Acquire additional sources of funding from other Government agencies and private sectors to support ongoing and new programs.

Objective 1.2:
a) Provide professional development opportunities for artists

Strategies 1.2
a) Collaborate with National Assembly for State Arts Agency, the CNMI Humanities Council, Historic Preservation, CNMI Museum and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, to facilitate development of particular arts skills, artists teaching and marketing skills,
b) Educate the public about the CCAC grants programs and provide technical assistance to
artists and potential project coordinators in developing their grant writing skills.

Objective 1.3
a) Expand opportunities for folk artists
Strategies 1.3
a) Continue to educate the public about the CCAC grants program and specifically folk arts
b) Work with the MVA, the Offices of Carolinian and Indigenous Affairs, various Mayors’ offices and other cultural institutions to continue and facilitate current and new programs that address folk arts.
c) Support community initiatives and organizations, such as the Chamolinian Cultural Village, the Friends of the Arts, and other arts organizations with their programs that focus on the folk arts.
d) Collaborate with SPC, the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities (CAHA), and other regional, national and international entities to facilitate or include in their programs CNMI folk artists.

Objective 1.4
a) Recognize Excellence in the Arts
Strategies 1.4
a) Support the Governor’s Arts Awards and other programs that recognize artists, educators and arts supporters.
b) Ensure that qualified artists facilitate programs and that grants are approved based on the utilization of artists of merit.
c) Produce press releases and articles that highlight the work of artists in the community.

II. Improve Exhibit Program and Facilities with the Long-Term Goal of the Creation of an Art Exhibit Center.

Objective 2.1
a) Identify a more accessible facility for CCAC offices and CNMI Gallery for Arts and Culture
Strategies 2.1
a) Work with the Chamorro/Carolinian Village Inc. (CCVI), the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Legislators and other respective bodies in the renovation of a facility at the CCVI to relocate CCAC offices and gallery facilities.

Objective 2.2
a) Provide development for exhibit staff, with attention to Tinian and Rota

Strategies 2.2
a) Facilitate continued training in exhibiting and marketing for Tinian-based CCAC staff.
b) Utilize local and regional gallery/museum professionals in collaborative staff development efforts.

Objective 2.3
a) Enhance docent/volunteer participation
Strategies 2.3
a) Produce and disseminate brochures on the CCAC and the need for and benefits of serving
as a docent/volunteer.
b) Work with the DD Council, NMC and PSS to support their employment training and
Education programs through service and training at the CCAC.

Objective 2.4
a) Enhance exhibit promotions/public information
Strategies 2.4
a) Produce schedule calendars for PSS, NMC, and local, regional and international publications.
b) Work with the MVA to include the exhibit schedule on its website.
c) Produce higher quality signage and promotional installations.
d) Produce features on exhibiting artists for media.
e) Enhance visitor promotions (objective 4)

Objective 2.4
a) Acquire funding for Arts & Cultural Center
Strategies 2.4
a) Revive and support non-profit planning committee.
b) Coordinate legislative, community, artist and other stakeholder meetings to encourage support and funding.
c) Schedule public hearings to discuss and approve the project and address and designate
specific funding for the center.

III. Support Arts Education in all public schools K-12

Objectives 3.1
a) Assist in the implementation of the K-12 arts curriculum
Strategies 3.1
a) Facilitate meetings with PSS administrators and elementary school principals to discuss
necessities of implementation of current adopted K-12 arts curriculum.
b) Maintain current AIE support to K-12 schools.
c) Provide technical assistance as required.

Objectives 3.2
a) Provide development opportunities for teachers and artists.
Strategies 3.2
a) Work with PREL, the Humanities Council, PSS and arts education organizations to facilitate development programs that teach teachers how to incorporate/integrate the arts in the teaching of various subject and provide art teaching and skills development for art teachers.
b) Facilitate development programs collaboratively with Public and Private Schools to assist in teaching artists improved methods of instruction, and classroom management.
c) Facilitate workshops for teachers and artists in seeking grants, grant writing and management.

Objectives 3.3
a) Increase after-school arts programs
Strategies 3.3
a) Work collaboratively with PSS, DYS, the Special Assistant for Administration (SAA)/Community Centers, and other community-based organizations to facilitate after-school, weekend and summer arts programs for youth.

IV. Ensure that the Folk Arts of the CNMI Thrive

Strategies 4.1
a) Update current roster of AIE, Programs for underserved communities, and folk arts teaching artists.
b) Improve current major programs through additional community outreach, and improved promotions.
c) Continue to build on collaborative initiatives with the MVA and visitor industry to provide and enhance current programs and facilitate new programs that benefit the community and tourism industry.

Objectives 4.2
a) Identify and support programs that address folk arts that are disappearing.
Strategies 4.2
a) Convene meetings with cultural leaders and the folk arts community to identify particular folk art forms that are becoming extinct. Initiate programs that revive and/or perpetuate these art forms.

Objectives 4.3
a) Support folk artists through grants program
Strategies 4.3
a) Maintain close relationship with the folk arts community.
b) Convene meetings to explain grants program and provide technical assistance to applicants.

Objectives 4.4
a) Support community-based initiatives, programs and cultural centers
Strategies 4.4
a) Provide technical assistance to the CCVI and other community-based cultural centers.
b) Serve as a contact and conduit for folk artists and cultural centers and other organizations who utilize folk artists/arts.
c) Through the grants program, facilitate collaborations with community-based organizations to provide folk arts programs.
d) Make CCAC archival materials accessible.

Objectives 4.5
a) Produce and retain documentation on the folk arts of the CNMI
Strategies 4.5
a) Maintain the CCAC archives.
b) Compile and catalog documentation of CCA and other folk arts activities.
c) Produce informational and educational publications on the folk arts of the CNMI.

V. Ensure the Arts Play an Important Role in the Life of the Entire Community

Objectives 5.1
a) Support public arts programs
Strategies 5.1
a) Identify funding sources for public arts projects.
b) Work with government bodies and private sector to encourage public art and the utilization of resident artists.
c) Convene meetings with MVA, visitor industry, beautification committees and related development organizations on addressing the need for public art.

Objectives 5.2
a) Increase awareness of the arts
Strategies 5.2
a) Develop public campaign highlighting the importance and benefit of the arts in the CNMI.
b) Work with the DCCA, Administration and Legislators to pass a “percent for the arts” bill, specifically for public art.
c) Maintain consistent promotion of arts programs, with staff and artist inclusion on television and radio programs.

Objectives 5.3
a) Increase participation of underserved communities, people with disabilities, at-risk and incarcerated youth.

Strategies 5.3
a) Ensure that all grant programs meet accessibility requirements, are held in accessible facilities and are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
b) Compile and disseminate information about making programs accessible. Provide technical assistance as needed to grantees and the public.
c) Facilitate arts programs for people with disabilities.
d) Maintain funding for arts programs specific to our underserved communities.
e) Collaborate with private sector business specifically those located or whose customer base is identified underserved communities, to facilitate community arts programs.
f) Expand upon current youth arts programs at the DYS Juvenile Detention Facility.
g) Work with DYS, the CJPA and others to facilitate after-school arts programs in underserved communities and for at-risk youth.
h) Convene meetings with the PSS disabilities program, Developmental Disabilities Council, CHC Transitional Living Center, the Office of Aging and other related organizations to inform them about programs available through the CCAC, engage their participation and input.

Objectives 5.4
a) Maintain a responsive and qualified staff at the CCAC
Strategies 5.4
a) Identify needs and support professional development for arts agency staff.
b) Support opportunities for staff participation at local, regional and national conferences, workshops and arts events.
c) Ensure the availability of up-to-date technologies and provide staff training when necessary.
d) Involve all staff in all aspects of the work of the Council and its programs.

VI. Create new programs for people with disabilities

Objective 6.1
Collaborate with Northern Marianas Independent Living Agency and the Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy System Inc. in creating programs for all artists and clients with disabilities.
a) Allocate funding to support and improve current and ongoing programs.
b) Evaluate programs for effectiveness and feedback from artists and clients.
c) Promote full inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all community art programs.

VII. Collaborate with Commonwealth Health Care Corporation and CNMI Rehabilitation program in creating art therapy for the community

Objective 7.1
Work with the local Psychologist in creating art therapy programs to assist artist and people with emotional difficulties related to illness. With Art Therapy becoming more acceptable way of helping people for the following.
a) Manage behavior
b) Reduce stress
c) Develop interpersonal skills
d) Increase self-esteem
e) Increase self-awareness
f) Trauma and loss
g) Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder(PTSD)
h) Neurological problems

VIII. Creation of CCAC Canoe Program

Objective 8.1
a) Build and Sail authentic Chamorro and Carolinian canoes and build canoe houses.
b) Educate and train students and the community on ancient traditional voyaging and navigating techniques.
c) Encourage students to get involve and learn about their culture and seafaring values.
d) Collaborate with other canoe organizations in the region to strengthen the art of seafaring and trade relationships.
e) Make seafaring available to the community and tourist.

IX. Preserve the Indigenous language through Performing Arts

Objective 9.1
a) Bring back CNMI Music Festival (Kantan Isla)
b) Encourage students to participate in the Indigenous song writing and singing competition.
c) Allocate funding to support similar and ongoing programs.
d) Collaborate with the Division of Language Commission to establish programs through Public and Private Schools Bilingual programs and certify indigenous language/bilingual teachers.
e) Preserve the indigenous languages through education, outreach programs on the values and uniqueness of the native languages.

Prepared by:

Parker Yamazaki Yobei
Executive Director
Commonwealth Council for arts and Culture
Department of Community and Cultural Affairs

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