Kingston, November 21, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says she is pleased that the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission will benefit from the Energy Efficiency Project being implemented across government.
The project which is being executed under the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme involves a complete overhaul of the JCDC’s Corporate Offices’ air conditioning system and an upgrade of its electrical infrastructure.
Speaking today at the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between the PCJ and the JCDC Minister Grange said, “This initiative of the PCJ is a demonstration of joined-up government at work and that government is committed to building out a more energy efficient society.”
She said that outside of the industrial sector, the government is perhaps the biggest consumer of energy.
“We live in a tropical climate where air conditioning is a very important comfort factor in the workplace environment. So whatever we can do to keep our staff comfortable and productive, we must do at the least possible cost,” Minister Grange said.
The $31 million investment will include the installation of 49 indoor units with ventilation systems and the installation of cool roof technology.
“Even as we as the government take the strides to improve our energy consumption we must all as individuals take personal responsibility to practice conservation measures in our homes and businesses,” Minister Grange said.
Minister Grange also charged the staff at the JCDC to be responsible for utilising the new systems that are being installed.
Kingston, 17 August 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Government of Jamaica has executed compulsory acquisition of the boyhood home of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey in St Ann’s Bay.
In her address at the annual UNIA Marcus Garvey Awards this (Friday) evening — on the 131st anniversary of the National Hero’s birth — Minister Grange said the Commissioner of Lands has been given ministerial direction to take possession of the property.
Minister Grange said this development “clears the way for the establishment of the proposed living history museum in honour of the National Hero.”
The property, located at 32 Market Street in St Ann, has long been earmarked as the site for the Garvey Museum. The former Prime Minister, Mr Bruce Golding, broke ground for the construction of the museum in 2011. However, construction has been delayed as the Government negotiated with the occupants (now owners) of the property and has been assisting them to find alternative accommodations.
Minister Grange said it was time to get on with the project:
“For many years, we have been talking among each other, researching current ownership and announcing every year our intention to take over that home and convert it into a museum and centre for reflection on the works of our Hero. We have talked for a long time. We have negotiated for a long time. Now it’s time for action. We have acted through the governance process of compulsory acquisition to take over that location and start the work to convert it into the haven it must be in the Garden Parish of St. Ann.”
Minister Grange says that in keeping with the commitment given by the former Prime Minister to assist the occupants to find alternative accommodations, the Government will be taking action to relocate them to property that has been identified.
“I have been working closely with the Member of Parliament and the Housing Agency of Jamaica to finalise the relocation. We are showing goodwill and I anticipate full co-operation as we move ahead with establishing this important national monument,” said Minister Grange.
The technical designs have been completed and funding sourced for the construction of the museum. Minister Grange has instructed the Jamaica National Heritage Trust — which is leading the development of the museum — to “move swiftly to take possession of the property, acquire all outstanding approvals and to begin construction before the end of the year.”
Kingston, October 4 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport today announced an expanded Culture Passport programme.
The programme will now include community-based organisations, churches, senior citizens, Associations, people with disabilities and other special interests groups.
Speaking at the signing of an agreement between the Ministry and the CHASE Fund for the production of 50,000 Culture Passports, Miss Grange said it was a new beginning for the Culture Passport programme. “It will allow for more Jamaicans being able to access a growing number of sites, cultural institutions such as museums and galleries, as well as cultural events. In a phrase, we are offering a passport to diverse cultural experiences!”
Miss Grange said, “In 2015, we established a partnership with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission to implement the programme through its Culture Clubs now functioning in over 200 schools across the island.”
She said more partnerships were also being engaged to strengthen the programme. “The CHASE Fund is one of our new partners having approved funding for the Ministry to expand the programme. Thanks to CHASE in this school year we will be producing and distributing 25,000 passports. Another 25,000 will be distributed during the 2018-2019 Financial Year.”
The Minister pointed to a re-designed Culture Passport which outlines the privileges of being a passport holder and the heritage sites, cultural institutions and events at which holders can utilize their Passport.
“There are over a dozen sites and institutions between JNHT and IOJ alone to include the Natural History Museum, Jamaica Music Museum, National Museum of Jamaica, and Port Royal Heritage District.”
The Devon House Heritage Site at which the signing was held is a partner in the programme which also includes the Moore Town Maroon Community and the Accompong Maroon Community.
The Minister said more locations, monuments and places of interest will constantly be added to the list of venues as the overall aim is to ensure that Culture Passport holders are given a truly diverse and representative experience of Jamaican heritage.
“The programme is inviting Jamaicans from an early age to become “dry lan’ tourists” in our own country. The same heritage we invite visitors from abroad to experience, must be so familiar to us that we can be ‘tour guides’.
Minister Grange said there was also a move on to get the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to further solidify the programme in schools, because there had been requests to make the Passport programme mandatory to support research work.
The Culture Passport enables holders to visit heritage sites at no cost or very little cost to them.
The agreement was signed by Minister Grange, Mr Billy Heaven, Executive Director of the CHASE Fund and Mr Orville Hill, Interim Executive Director of the JCDC.
Kingston, September 27 - The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Ministry of National Security will be partnering to unearth and develop talent and to upgrade sport infrastructure within institutions falling under the Department of Correctional Services.