Unit for Cultural Development
As previously mentioned elsewhere, one of the major initiatives that the PCW has formulated and spearheaded over recent years has been the creation of the Unit for Cultural Development (UCD) formerly called the Cultural Training Centre. The programs of the UCD are structured to provide participants with the necessary skills and information- through practical and theoretical training programs to ensure sustainability of the cultural development at the community, national and regional levels.
The UCD specialises in Afro Caribbean Folk Dance and caters to both adults and children. Beginner Drumming Classes are also taught-focussing on West African rhythms.
The course runs for one (1) year and coincides with the school terms. There is a $75.00 charge for adult participants. Children are FREE. All classes are conducted at the PCW offices at Wildey Great House, Rock Close, Wildey, St. Michael and at The Parkinson Memorial Secondary School.
All applicants are required to submit to a brief interview to determine their acceptance to the program. All accepted students are required to secure the requisite attire of Black, Navy or Black/Navy leotards and thigh or cycling shorts within one month of acceptance.
The UCD has conducted Regional Workshops in the Bahamas, Antigua, St. Vincent, St.Lucia and Trinidad. In 1999 the UCD conducted a National Dance Workshop using resource persons from Cuba and Trinidad. A drams workshop was also conducted during the summer of 1999.
The UCD has conducted an on-going training program in the Arts in some communities across the island. Through this initiative the UCD establishes links with the Barbados Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs & Culture and the National Cultural Foundation- providing training in Dance, Drumming & Drama in some schools and various community centres.