Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities

There are presently no open calls for applications.

The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency [CAHA] was established in 1967 by the late Dr. Pedro Sanchez under the University of Guam and was then called the Insular Arts Council [IAC]. The agency was dedicated to the development of programs in music, visual arts, cultural heritage, literature, and arts education. 

In 1972, Louise Hotaling served as IAC's first program director under the University-Community cooperative board of directors. Through Executive Order 75-23, the late Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo re-established the Insular Arts Council as part of the executive office in 1975. Peter Guerrero served as the IAC's first Executive Director followed by Margaret Smith, who was later replaced by Laura Souder, Chairperson of the Arts Council.

Public Law 18-8 was enacted to ensure CAHA’s perpetual existence in support of the arts on Guam. Sister Mary Callista was the first Executive Director of CAHA followed by executive appointees: Annie B. Stone, Linda T. Reyes, Alberto Lamorena V, Deborah J. Bordallo, Johnny G. Sablan, Sylvia M. Flores and Patrick Bamba.

In 2011, CAHA was merged into the Department of Chamorro Affairs [DCA] per Reorganizational Advisory No. 6 dated 6 October 2011. 

CAHA was separated from DCA and restored to its status as a separate line agency on 21 June 2019, per Executive Order No 2019-14. In April of the following year, Jillette T. Leon-Guerrero was appointed as the first Executive Director in a little over 8 years. 

CAHA is currently working on rebranding itself as an organization that is relevant, responsive to our constituents and collaborative in nature. 

Our community programming includes a community grant program that accepts applications from individuals and nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that perpetuate the arts, humanities and culture of our island. Eligible arts & humanities genres include, but are not limited, too: visual arts, literary arts & spoken word, performing arts, media arts, culinary arts, folk and traditional arts. ​ These grants require the applicant to match a portion of the funding. 

CAHA also funds fellowship grants, special project grants and an artist-in-residence program.

The National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] has made CARES Act funding available to CAHA for support of organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic. Organizations may apply for up to $10,000.00 and individuals up to $5000.00 in relief funding. These grants do not require a match. 

For more information on specific grants, please see specific grant program guidelines. 

Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities