$1.3M Investments in Arts & Humanities to Advance Islandwide Talents

Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration and the Sinajaña Mayor’s Office together opened a new $1.3 million Sinajana Community Arts Hall on October 26, 2022, which will increase support for local talent growth and expand access to public education and activities.

The Sinajaña Mayor’s Office was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with support from the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority to construct a two-story community arts center in 2019. The project broke ground in August 2020. The facility now provides increased opportunity to low to moderate-income families and children to engage in artistic performance-based civic and educational activities. The community arts hall is equipped to host theatrical and musical productions, presentations, films, spoken word events, and may also be utilized for workshops, seminars, educational programs, and public meetings.

“Our Administration knows the value of the arts and humanities, so we are proud to have a state-of-the-art space where we can embrace creative genius, explore the caliber of local talent, and see what expanding access and opportunity can do for our community,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Guam’s families have long cultivated a strong sports culture and sense of military tradition — both of which historically pointed towards a better quality of life. By investing in arts education programs, we invest in the fuller potential of our island and children.”

“In this era of recovery, we are rebuilding community centers with programs that nurture the diverse abilities of our island’s youth and promote skills they can use for life,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “We continue to invest in a creative economy that is bolstered by our progressive improvements to sports facilities, community parks, educational programs, and so much more.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was broadcast live via the Governor’s Facebook page. To view the ceremony in its entirety, visit facebook.com/govlouguam


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