Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Here is the PSIP submission for the developmental spend for the Sector for Budget 2013-2014 as presented by ACTT.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
HERE IS A SUMMATION OF THE WORK DONE BY ACTT IN 2012 IN REPRESENTING THE CREATIVE & CULTURAL SECTOR OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. IT WAS A HARDCORE YEAR WITH MANY BLOODY BATTLES WITH SOME SERIOUS LOSSES,BUT ALSO SOME CRITICAL VICTORIES. ACTT WAS ABLE TO WORK ON 6 MAJOR PROJECTS & PURSUE 12 LINES OF ACTIVISM WITH SOME DEGREE OF SUCCESS. WE WERE ABLE TO STOP CERTAIN MAJOR FOLLIES FROM GOING THROUGH, BUT WERE UNABLE TO STOP THE MAJOR BETRAYAL OF THE SECTOR WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE 129 LINE ITEMS. MEANWHILE THE SECTOR LOST OVER 50 GIANTS & THE COUNTRY IS NOW ON THE BRINK OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ITS GOLDEN AGE GENERATION.
Monday, July 1, 2013:
THE ARTISTS’ COALITION IS CALLING A SECTOR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 3RD JULY 2013 @ 5PM AT THE OFFICES OF THE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY ON LONG CIRCULAR ROAD, ST JAMES.
AT THIS MEETING ACTT’S PRESIDENT RUBADIRI VICTOR’S IS TO REPORT TO THE SECTOR AS TO HIS PROGRESS AS ADVISOR TO THE MINISTER OF ARTS IN GETTING IMPLEMENTATION TRACTION ON SECTOR INITIATIVES.
AT A SECTOR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 5TH JUNE & SUBSEQUENTLY THE SECTOR DELIVERED A MANDATE OF INITIATIVES IT WISHES ATTEMPTED AND ACCOMPLISHED DURING THE 3 MONTH PERIOD OF THE ACTT PRESIDENT’S MINISTRY EMPLOY. SOME OF THOSE INITIATIVES INCLUDE:
- 50% LOCAL CONTENT
- LOCAL PRODUCTION BUDGETS AT CNMG
- THE ARTS COUNCIL
- THE NATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY
- REGULARISING SECTOR SUBVENTIONS
- THE NATIONAL HERITAGE SYSTEM
- AND MORE
REPRESENTATIVE GROUP PRESIDENT’S AND EXECUTIVES ARE ASKED TO COME OUT TO ENGAGE THE CONVERSATION. THIS IS OUR BUSINESS AND WE MUST BE SERIOUS ABOUT IT. PUT THE DATE AND TIME DOWN IN YOUR DIARIES.
Thank you again for your kindest consideration in this matter.
Contact 797-0949 OR 398-5037 for details and to RSVP.
Yours with respect,
Monday, December 10, 2012:
Dear Ministers and members of staff,
Please find enclosed the communication from the Artists Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) as regards the latest movements vis a vis the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company (TTCIC). Please also note my response to this morning’s inquiry about my accepting a board position on the same.
I must admit the prospect of a position on the board of the TTCIC is tempting for one reason- and one reason only: over the last decade I have attended hundreds of funerals of Elders and seen the disrespecting and squandering of their Legacy by the State- billions of dollars of value lost by a refusal to document, patent, codify, and curate. At the same time I have witnessed the wanton wastage of State funds to the tune of billions on mediocre, banal, and pointless ‘so-called cultural’ projects of zero creative worth and purpose and zero entrepreneurial or civilisational value… The part of me that is tempted to accept the board position is the part of me that longs for good governance- transparency, accountability, value-for-money, consultation, and due-diligence- and good taste…. That part of me also knows we do not have any more time (half a year- tops) to consecrate and economise the legacy of our Golden Age generation before it is too late. It is that part of me that is tempted to take the offer of the board position on the TTCIC as it would offer me a possible decision-making position that may possibly ensure that the 129 line items that this Sector battled so hard for (and that this government has now renounced) can actually see the light of day and be implemented…
However I also know by sending in my resume to the Ministry of Trade I would be complicit in one of the most obnoxious and high-handed uses of State power I have yet witnessed- for an institution of questionable lineage. With this in mind instead of my resume I refer you to the attached document. It is self-explanatory.
Yours with Respect,