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About Us

About The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism

At the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism we are responsible for cultural development and for empowering cultural practitioners to become beacons of social and economic change.
The Ministry was birthed out of a desire to recognize and celebrate many diverse cultural expressions of the people of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

In May 2010 it was established through an amalgamation of the Culture Division, the National Museum and Art Gallery, the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS), the National Archives and staff from the Head Office of the former Ministry of Information.
Since July 2012, however, the National Museum and Art Gallery, NALIS, National Archives and the National Trust were subsequently removed from the Ministry’s schedule.

Under the strategic leadership of Dr. the Honourable H. Lincoln Douglas, Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism, the Ministry’s new remit now comprises the following: -

  • The Culture Division
  • Queen’s Hall
  • National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA)
  • Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA)
  • Naparima Bowl
  • National Carnival Commission
  • The Carnival Institute
  • Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Symphony Orchestra

Our mandate is to:

  • Prepare and implement a multiculturalism policy and a national cultural policy;
  • Preserve and develop the diverse cultures and cultural expressions of Trinidad and Tobago, including the creative and festival arts;
  • Facilitate the development of the creative economy.