Who We Are

Our Vision: Resilient, culturally rich communities.

Our Mission: To create an enabling environment for developing resilient
communities, fostering cultural expression and inculcating
national pride.

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) is the agency of government which both nurtures and inspires the soul of the nation. It is the entity that celebrates, reinforces and champions who we are as a people; promotes our history, uncovers and spotlights our heritage, traditions and art forms; and has the greatest potential to inspire an immeasurable sense of ‘we’. It is the Ministry, with the mandate for building communities and their democratic institutions, and which lends greatest support to the nation’s collective consciousness, volunteerism, harmony and the collective will for an enhanced quality of life for all citizens.

Trinidad and Tobago is currently experiencing deep social and economic crises. The country is also currently crafting its National Development Strategy 2016 – 2030. The NDS envisages a route to progressing from this period of crisis to developed country status, through five broad thematic areas. The MCDCA makes its most pertinent contribution to the thematic area, Putting People First: Nurturing Our Greatest Asset. However, in the context of a sustainable development approach to its core responsibilities, the MCDCA will make important contributions to the thematic areas Promoting Good Governance, as it relates to the governance of community facilities; and Building Globally Competitive Businesses in the context of our cultural industries.

The MCDCA will therefore focus its resources toward a vision of resilient, culturally rich communities and to this end, sees itself as a facilitator with a mission: to create an enabling environment for developing resilient communities, fostering cultural expression and inculcating national pride.