$15K in Federal Grants to Promote the Arts on Guam

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Guam -$15-thousand dollars in federal grants have been awarded to local artists and institutions to help “enhance learning and the arts on Guam

The grants were distributed by the Department of Chamorro Affairs, through the Guam Council on Arts and Humanities Agency.

One of the grants went to Jonathan Sablan who was was awarded $5,000 to produce a 23-minute documentary on the “bilembaotuyan“, which Guampedia describes as “a long single-stringed musical instrument historically found on Guam.”

A release from Adelup says that only three people on Guam currently play this ancient instrument. The documentary Sablan plans will teach viewers how to play the instrument, as well as help preserve this ancient art for future generations.

Among the other grant awardees,  Monica Baza received $8,000 to continue conducting artistic workshops in visual arts for Guam’s manam’ko and Roberto Fracassini got a $3,000 grant to write materials that teach Guam’s young adults the importance of art and culture.  The Academy of Our Lady of Guam received a $2,000 Grant to fund a local production of the musical “Grease” and the St. Paul Christian School got a $2,000 Grant to fund a local production of the musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Governor Calvo congratulated all the grant awardees and says in the release from Adelup “We are so proud of Guam’s artists and academics. We congratulate all those who are taking their creativity to the next level with our arts and humanities grants.”

READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:

“One of the reasons we’re rebuilding Hagåtña is to give Guamanians a beautiful canvas for musicians, painters, singers, writers, poets, artists, historians and academics to tell our story. What they create and what they will leave behind will be the voice of this generation, speaking to the next.  This administration is committed to so much more than just supporting our local artists – we want to create a thriving arts and humanities community that encourages and nurtures every Guamanian’s inner artist.  We are so proud of Guam’s artists and academics. We congratulate all those who are taking their creativity to the next level with our arts and humanities grants.”
– Governor Eddie Baza Calvo

Administration supports local artists                                                                                
Local artists and schools received $15,000 in grants to enhance learning and the arts on Guam.  This is part of Governor Calvo’s strong commitment to education and his vision for the arts and humanities.  The Department of Chamorro Affairs, through the Guam Council on Arts and Humanities Agency, granted the funds.

These grants give new opportunities for young Guamanians to hone their artistic skills, share their talents and take a more active role in local arts and humanities initiatives.

The New Hagåtña:  A capital for the arts and humanities                                        
One of the main driving forces behind the administration’s efforts to revitalize Hagåtña is Governor Calvo’s vision to establish Guam’s capital city as the center of a thriving arts and humanities community.

With the construction of the new Guam Museum underway and the renovation of historic sites nearing completion, the administration will be leading, and encouraging others to lead, new initiatives to nurture Guam’s artists.  The museum will serve as the foundation of an organized movement to develop further the facilities, programs and strategies needed to grow and support the arts and humanities.

One of the largest grants will fund documentary on bilembaotuyan   
                                      
Grants from CAHA, included in this round of awards, help preserve the Chamorro culture.  Jonathan Sablan was awarded $5,000 to produce a 23-minute documentary on the bilembaotuyan.

Only three people currently play this ancient instrument, according to Mr. Sablan.  Part of the documentary will teach viewers how to play this instrument, as well as help preserve this ancient art for future generations.

Other grants fund local art, musicals, theater                                                               
CAHA also awarded six other grants as part of this round of support for local artists.  These grants will fund musical productions in local schools, promote arts education to young adults and create local paintings.  Details of these grants are below:

1.Monica Baza

Grant award:  $8,000
Grant to continue conducting artistic workshops in visual arts for Guam’s manam’ko and manhoben.

2.Roberto Fracassini

Grant award: $3,000
Grant to write materials that teach Guam’s young adults the importance of art and culture.  The project will culminate in an exhibit to display.

3.Academy of Our Lady of Guam
Grant award: $2,000
Grant to fund a local production of the musical “Grease.”

4.St. Paul Christian School
Grant award: $2,000
Grant to fund a local production of the musical “The Phantom of the Opera.”

5.Charito Mahilum

Grant award: $1,500
Grant to create art in soft pastels & oils.  Funds will be used to purchase supplies and materials.

6.Peter Onedera
Grant award: $1,500
Grant to incorporate puppetry into theatrical performances.  Funds will be used on scripts, supplies, materials, and the creation of puppets.