Guam preparing for FestPac 2020

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Guam – Guam is now preparing for the Festival of Pacific Arts 2020 which will be held in Hawaii in June next year.

According to Sen. Kelly Marsh (Taitano), who is heading up the organizational efforts for Guam’s participation in the upcoming FestPac, a call-out will be issued for resident artisans who are interested in chairing one of four subcommittees which will oversee the range of cultural arts as outlined by Hawaii.

According to Sen. Kelly Marsh (Taitano), Guam’s official form of participation for FestPac has just been submitted by the head of the Guam Festival Delegation, Annmarie Arceo of the Department of Chamorro Affairs (DCA).

The senator said having the President and the Legislative Oversight Chair of DCA head up and organize the Guam delegation for the Festival of Pacific Arts has been a long-standing tradition and both Annmarie Arceo and herself are honored that Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero officially appointed them to help oversee Guam’s FestPac participation.

“We’ve been meeting for about two months now and I think we’re making very good progress. We’re making sure that all the foundational elements are in place so that we can have our call-out and we can proceed in an orderly and organized fashion,” the senator said.

Marsh added; “We’ve set policies and reviewed forms for applications to be chair or applications to be delegates. So I think we’re making very good progress. We’re definitely on a timeline that’s going to get us prepared for FestPac 2020.”

The senator said that they are very fortunate to have the staff of the Council of the Arts and Humanities Agency, or CAHA, who are well-versed in the ins and outs of preparing for Guam’s participation in FestPac as they’ve been doing so for decades.

The Festival of Pacific Arts occurs every four years and was hosted by Guam in 2016.