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The Pinelands Development Council was founded in 1975 in response to a strong desire within the Pinelands/Wildey communities to reverse the negative images and reputation that had developed in the minds of Barbadians regarding this area of the island.
The Pinelands Creative Workshop (PCW) was formed in 1978 as a direct natural progression on from the original community organisation ( The Pinelands Development Council).
Because of the original emphasis on its cultural education program, the PCW soon developed its reputation as the foremost dance company on the island. Its professionalism and authenticity in all of its dance programs was refreshing.
Over the 20 plus years following its formation, the PCW has broadened its scope in many different and significant ways.... without losing sight of its always stated objectives.

  • Develop self-awareness and personal growth.
  • Promote a positive community image
  • Educate and uplift their community and other communities in Barbados and the region.

Growth and Development of Activities As it responded to the challenges of the day, the PCW could be seen to have evolved through four phases of organisational life, which can be summarised as follows:

Phase I - 1978 - 1986: when the group established its identity and explored its direction. The main activity was the annual cultural production, with involvement in sporting activities
Phase II - 1987 - 1991: when the group gained regional recognition for its cultural productions, changed its approach and structure and began to operate in a more business like manner both in its cultural productions and in its approach to community governance.
Phase III - 1992 - 1995 - when the group consolidated its physical base and expanded its range of activities in the community.
Phase IV 1996 - present - the group is sought after as a partner for national development programmes, using its model for outreach to other communities at national and regional levels.

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