The Folk Research Centre (FRC) was among several individuals and institutions who received awards yesterday, Thursday November 15, from Her Excellency Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy as part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Awards.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal was given to FRC for its contribution to national cultural development.
Established 40 years ago in 1973, the Folk Research Centre, a non-government, non-profit organization, is a repository for cultural heritage, a vehicle for research, study, recording and promulgating Saint Lucia’s rich heritage.
It has been the driving force behind the promotion of the role of folk arts as a vehicle for change and the development potential of cultural heritage in the field of education and in economic development.
FRC houses an extensive library of publications, audio-visual recordings and photographs and is the major study centre for work carried out on Saint Lucia’s folk culture by both nationals and visiting researchers and students. Its most recent initiative is the launch of the Harry Simmons Folk Academy.