Chief Secretary and Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation Ancil Dennis has appointed a nine-member board to the newly-established Tobago Performing Arts Company.
And one of its first assignments will be to oversee the establishment of a Tobago Chamber Orchestra.
The members received their instruments of appointment on September 16 during simple ceremony at the division’s head office, Sangster’s Hill, Scarborough.
They have been mandated to chart the strategic and organisational course for the company.
The board includes Len Phillips (chairman), Lance Jack (vice-chairman), Arlene Daniel, Beverly Ramsey-Moore, Cheryl Uzoruo, Kern Cowan and Eric Powder.
Brittney Romeo is the secretary of the board while Elvis Radgman has been appointed ex-officio member.
Dennis thanked the members for accepting the call to help develop Tobago’s performing arts sector.
He said the performing arts will continue to be an integral part of the culture and heritage of Tobagonians.
The chief secretary said the performing arts will also play an integral role in TT’s economic development in the aftermath of the covid19.
He challenged the members: “I want us to achieve, in short order, a situation where the arts and culture of Tobago will become the greatest selling point when it comes to our Tourism product.”
Dennis said the Tobago Performing Arts Company will provide an opportunity to develop talent within the island’s cultural and performing arts industries.
He said it will also create an avenue for performers to become influential cultural ambassadors on a global and regional scale.