Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency
SAA FOUR YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN
Goals and Objectives
To encourage and foster the opportunity for participation in the arts and humanities with
programs designed to benefit citizens of all ages and from every sector of the community. It is
also the responsibility of the arts council to insure that the role of the arts in the life of the
community will grow and play a more significant part in the welfare and educational experience
of our island residents.
GOAL 1: To continue developing public interest, participation and support of the arts and to continue efforts toward presenting the highest quality of arts available for the benefit of all citizens of the territory.
1.a. To increase and broaden partnership opportunities for funding or programming support of the arts whenever possible for the benefit of artists, arts organizations and the public.
1b. To develop and encourage increased media coverage and participation at local artistic events whenever possible for the benefit of artists and an informed public.
1c. To promote the arts within the territory through development of arts related promotional materials including posters, brochures, PSA’s and other marketing activities.
1d. To consolidate SAA arts programming activities to mirror NEA
1e. To encourage the participation and support of the arts be all citizens within the territory as a means of improving our overall quality of life and to foster appreciation of our cultural pluralism as a positive alternative to the many social challenges that exist today.
GOAL 2: To develop and heighten public awareness of the value and importance that arts education plays in the quality formative education and through an enrichment of life in general.
2.a. To develop and coordinate a high profile arts education conference involving key arts education professionals from the region, Hawaii, and the mainland United States as a means of developing public awareness of the importance of arts education as a basic component of K to 12 learning.
2.b. To develop a partnership survey with DOE and UOG of public attitudes toward the subject of arts and arts education in the quality of their lives and educational experiences.
2.c. To broaden opportunities for arts educators and students to interact through an environment of art workshops effectively increasing their skill levels and knowledge of art techniques encompassing various art mediums.
2.d. To modify and streamline AIE residency activities in academic settings, yet expanding arts education presentation opportunities through newer more innovative approaches involving partnerships or collaborations with artists or arts organization.
2.e. To encourage a program of excellence in arts education which incorporates all arts disciplines with a balanced understanding of its history, aesthetic philosophies and importance in the overall quality of education and life.
GOAL 3: To further develop and sustain a Folk and Traditional Arts Program for the benefit of all citizens that promotes a greater appreciation and understanding of the Chamorro heritage; to develop and sustain a Folk and Traditional Arts Program for the benefit of all citizens that promotes a greater appreciation and understanding of the culture and heritage of the various ethnic communities; and to foster opportunities for regional cultural exchange.
3.a. To continue in the development of the folk and traditional arts within the territory and to improve opportunities for their involvement in cultural tourism efforts and in SAA arts programming.
3.b. To institute a policy of partnership toward sustained folk and traditional arts programming within the territory for the benefit of folk artists.
3.c. To encourage and promote projects that document and preserve surviving Chamorro folk art traditions and other various ethnic group’s art traditions in dance, music, and crafts for the benefit of all citizens and future generations.
3.d. To re-establish the annual Folk Arts Symposia and a means of centralizing public focus on the importance that folk heritage plays in the survival of the Chamorro legacy as a people in the ever-changing Pacific environment.
3.e. To encourage the involvement of traditional artists in decision and policymaking roles with respect to SAA folk arts planning.
3.f. To foster and encourage regional cultural exchange for the mutual benefit of traditional artists and both within the territory and for our Pacific neighbors of Micronesia, as well as for cultural participation at the quadrennial Festival of Pacific Arts.
GOAL 4: To develop opportunities within the territory for partnership with underserved communities to share in and to benefit from the arts through increased participation and sustained funding.
4.a. To increase opportunities of minority master artists in presenting and participating in territorial efforts to sustain Pacific folk and traditional heritage.
4.b. To support and encourage the development of Micronesian seafaring traditions within the territory as a means of preserving an important and vital Pacific folk tradition for the benefit of all citizens and future generations.
4.c. To increase opportunities for access and participation in SAA arts programming by all senior citizens within the territory.
4.d. To increase opportunities for partnership between artists, arts organizations and the SAA in instituting programs that address “at-risk” youth on Guam in presenting positive art alternatives to drug abuse and violent behavior.
4.e. To encourage arts access for individuals with disabilities within the territory and to increase opportunities for their participation in the arts through SAA 504 programming.
GOAL 5: To encourage and promote excellence in the arts through sustained funding and increased programming opportunities including the development of a gallery facility within the territory.
5.a. To maintain a competitive policy for high quality arts programming and funding support awarded from the SAA.
5.b. To foster and develop potential opportunities, locally, nationally, and internationally, for artists of all disciplines to participate in including cultural presentations and contemporary arts exhibits.
5.c. To encourage the development of high quality arts through individual participation at local art workshops and events.
5.d. To continue a highly competitive environment with the SAA administered Percent for the Arts program promoting excellence in the contemporary visual and traditional arts.
5.e. To actively pursue financial partnerships and collaborations with private corporations in presenting the highest quality arts programming available within the territory.
GOAL 6: To encourage individual artists and arts organizations to play a more energetic role in cultivating heightened awareness of thee arts through initiated arts activities within the territory.
6.a. To advocate the involvement of individual artists and arts organizations in SAA art program planning and policy development through public hearing efforts or consultation meetings.
6.b. To encourage and foster the development of arts organizations within the territory for the benefit of artists and citizens alike.
6.c. To assist artists and arts organization in revenue raising endeavors by identifying resources available and to lend the necessary technical assistance in their grantsmanship effort.
6.d. To encourage on-going development of SAA staff skills toward providing technical assistance necessary for the benefit of artists and arts organizations alike.
6.e. To foster the use of modern technology such as the Internet in accessing global resource information for the benefit of artists and cultural organizations on Guam, and to encourage the promotion of their particular works of art in the SAA’s proposed Web pages or some alternate site.