About Guam CAHA - Mission & More



The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency was established in 1967 by the late Dr. Pedro Sanchez under the University of Guam and was then called the Insular Arts Council (IAC). The agency was dedicated to the development of programs in music, visual arts, cultural heritage, literature, and arts education. In 1972, Louise Hotaling served as IAC's first program director under the University-Community cooperative board of directors. Through Executive Order 75-23, the late Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo re-established the Insular Arts Council as part of the executive office in 1975. Peter Guerrero served as the IAC's first Executive Director followed by Margaret Smith, who was later replaced by Laura Souder, Chairperson of the Arts Council.


Public Law 18-8 was enacted to ensure CAHA’s perpetual existence in support of the arts on Guam. Sister Mary Callista was the first Executive Director of KAHA followed by executive appointees: Annie B. Stone, Linda T. Reyes, Alberto Lamoren V, Deborah J. Bordallo, Johnny G. Sablan, Sylvia M. Flores, Patrick Bamba, Joseph Artero-Cameron, and presently Johnny G. Sablan. Mr. Johnny G. Sablan serves as CAHA’s Overseeing Official through the appointment of Guam’s present Governor, the Honorable Edward J.B. Calvo.


Guam CAHA's programs are numerous and include the issuance of grants to individuals and organizations for the perpetuation of the arts and culture of our island, such as folk arts projects, visual arts displays and exhibits, and music and theatre productions to name a few. The CAHA Gallery and its Administrative Offices are located on the 1st Floor of the Terlaje Professional Building, 194 Hernan Cortez Avenue, Hagatna.





                                  Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency Strategic Plan FY 2021 – FY 2026







Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency Strategic Plan FY 2016 – FY 2020




Citizens of Guam lack the opportunity to view, enjoy or participate in living theatrical performances, musical concerts, operas, dance and ballet materials, art exhibits, examples of fine architecture and the performing and fine arts.


The Territory desires to foster the opportunity for participation in arts and humanities programs designed to benefit citizens of all ages and from every community. It is the policy of the government of Guam to stimulate the economic growth of the Territory through cultural activities. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the Territory to provide more opportunities for professional training and practice of the arts and humanities.


Further, it is the policy of the Territory to join with the arts and humanities to insure that their role in the life of the community will grow and play a more significant part in the welfare and educational experience of the citizens. Coordinating and encouraging schools, organizations and individuals in their several artistic and cultural activities is in the best interest of the territory of Guam.


Finally, the Territory desires to make prompt application for federal funds in support of the arts and humanities and hereby establishes an agency for application and expenditure of those funds


Enabling Legislation – Purposes of the Council


- To stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation therein.

- To help develop and sustain existing independent institutions of the arts by providing technical assistance in strengthening administrative and fund-raising techniques.

- To provide for the exhibition of art works in public buildings; to administer the art bank purchases and to make policies therefore.

- To bring highest quality in arts to the Territory, to promote the opportunity for people to experience, enjoy and profit from the arts and humanities.

- To join or contract with private patrons, individual artists and ensembles and with institutions, local sponsoring organizations and professional organizations.

- To enter into contracts to provide grants, loans or advances to individuals, organizations or institutions -- public or private – engaged in artistic, humanistic and cultural programs.

- To accept gifts, contributions and bequest of funds or artifacts and property.

- To serve as sole government agency for administering any state plan of the National Endowment for the Arts and/or Humanities.

- To make applications for federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities or to any office or agency of the United States for participation in or receipt of aid from federal programs.

- To receive requests for grants and to make grants to institutions, individuals and agencies of government in furtherance of the arts and humanities.

- To administer and disburse funds.

- To expend appropriations made by the Legislature for arts and humanities programs.


 Current Funding Sources

- Legislative Appropriations

- National Endowment of the Arts

- Local & Federal Agency Grants

- Percent of the Arts

- Revolving Fund (Gallery & Administrative Fees)


Vision Statement
“To encourage, foster, advance and promote a lifelong appreciation of the arts and humanities as a crucial foundation to the welfare and prosperity of our island community.”



Mission Statement    

“CAHA will perpetuate the arts and humanities with programs and initiatives that enhance our quality of life through education, creative expression, and the professional development of our local artists.”


Goal 1:
“Increase Public awareness, interest, participation and support for the arts and humanities. ”


1.a Develop and implement a public awareness and community outreach program.
1.b Create and maintain an annual calendar of CAHA activities, events and programs
1.c Implement workshops and forums to build capacity, share resources and foster the arts and humanities in our community
1.d Coordinate and support artisan participation in local and regional events


Goal 2:
“Analyze, further develop and sustain core CAHA programs and/ or initiatives.”


2.a.  Review and analyze CAHA’s current programs for effectiveness and efficiency. (Percent for the Arts, Traditional Masters Recognition, NEA Grants Program, Gallery, Art Bank) 
2.b. Review other relevant programs and initiatives in the community to identify redundancies, opportunities and gaps.
2.c.  Develop strategy to adjust and/or strengthen core programs.



Goal 3:
“To build and strengthen the internal resources and capabilities of CAHA in support of our mission.”


3.a. Identify and participate in opportunities for the professional development of staff and board 
3.b. Identify and pursue funding needs, leveraged resources and potential revenue sources to support the professional development program
3.c.  Identify and acquire the tools and equipment needed to support the mission and capabilities of CAHA



Goal 4:
“Provide opportunities for the advancement of the arts and humanities disciplines through target, innovative programs and initiatives.”


4.a. Develop & implement a yearly series of innovative programs and/or initiatives that will advance the arts and humanities within our community.


Goal 5:
“To foster and develop potential opportunities, locally, nationally, and internationally, for artists of all disciplines to participate.”


5.a Actively pursue financial partnerships and collaborations with private corporations in presenting the highest quality arts programming available within the territory. 
5.b Develop local, national and international networks for the advancement of artistic excellence among our local artists.
5.c Identify and evaluate local artists and their works to connect their talents with the networks (i.e.: artists in residency programs, art exchange programs, apprenticeships, training, etc.)



Goal 6:
“Incentivize individual artists and arts organizations to be proactive in heightening awareness of the arts and humanities.”

6.a Develop incentive program for artists to increase participation of the arts community with CAHA
6.b Identify events designed to showcase the various arts and humanities disciplines to our community.