Award plans to honor cultural figures of Chinese descent: CCA


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA) plans to present an award each year to a person of Chinese descent who has made significant contributions in arts and humanities around the world, according to the council’s new work blueprint.

The blueprint was unveiled at a regular Cabinet meeting Thursday, during which CCA officials reported on the council’s initiatives for culture administration between 2008 and 2012.

According to the CCA’s blueprint, the person who clinches the award — to be titled the Taiwan Award — will earn prize money totalling NT$15 million (US$465,578.25) in recognition of his or her outstanding achievements in global arts and humanities development.

The council also pledges in its report to do more to re-engineer cultural organizations as well as develop the arts and the cultural industry in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the council will draw up a structural framework for transforming itself into a culture and tourism ministry that will integrate cultural, arts, tourism and media administration.

According to the blueprint, the council will come up with a four-year program aimed at pushing for the establishment of Taiwanese culture centers in other countries in an effort to promote cultural exchanges.

Several landmark performing arts centers, including a theater in the greater Taipei area, an opera house in Taichung City, central Taiwan and the Wei-Wu-Ying Center for the Performing Arts in the southern county of Kaohsiung, will complete construction before 2013, according to the plan.

Speaking at Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said the government has established a number of large cultural facilities in various parts of the country in recent years and added that the government should map out measures to enable those facilities to function effectively.