The Directorate of Art and Culture has been the organ and the agency of the Government of Goa in its pursuit of the preservation and promotion of the cultural ethos and artistic traditions of Goa. Initially conceived as a constituent of the Directorate of Education, Sports and Culture, it was subsequently disengaged from the Directorate of Education and reconstituted as a part of the Directorate of Sports and Cultural Affairs.
However, the Directorate of Art and Culture was independently conceived and duly d in its present form by an Act of the Goa Government in 1991 appropriately after Goa attained Statehood within the Indian Republic of States.
At present, the Directorate of Art and Culture squarely embodies Goa Government's committed endeavours to preserve, promote and perpetuate the traditional cultural forms and practices as well as artistic manifestations including folklore, literature, indigenous crafts and allied cultural expressions of the Goan society. The Directorate also represents the State Government's growing engagement with the contemporary ethos and its desire to strike a balance with tradition and scientific temper in tune with the times. As such, the Directorate of Art and Culture is also a reflection of the encouragement provided by the Government towards the evolution and development of new cultural forms and artistic performances relevant to the aspirations and the needs of the contemporary society.
The Directorate of Art and Culture functions through its wide network of institutions towards organizing various programmes and diverse activities. It also initiates new schemes and executes their implementation directly as also through its nodal agencies/institutions. In turn, the Directorate also functions as the nodal department for the implementation of schemes of the Department of Culture, Government of India as well as for the National Institutions/Bodies working in the field of culture such as Sangeet Natak Academy, Lalit Kala Academy, CCRT, ICCR, IIRCC all based in New Delhi, and West Zone Cultural Centre at Udaipur among others.
In addition to organizing programmes and initiating cultural activities, the Directorate of Art and Culture also visualizes and executes various programmes, schemes and facilities for the welfare of the artists including the provision of financial support. The Directorate also promotes and sustains art organizations and encourages programmes and performances to enhance the cultural climate in the State and to ensure the development of cultural organizations furthering its objectives.
The Department of Art and Culture is an ISO-9001:2008 certified department of Government of Goa, which has its own Cultural Policy. The programmes, activities and schemes are formulated and executed in accordance with this policy. The main objective of the Directorate of Art and Culture in a nutshell is to effectively implement the "Cultural Policy" of the Goa Government in tune with the letter and spirit in which it has been framed and published.
In addition to the schemes executed by the Department, various other cultural programmes and activities are also organized by the Department from time to time as per the requirement of the State Government, Central Government, and National Academies for the benefit of individual artists and artists' community. Various Governmental/ non-Governmental agencies at National and State level such as SNA, LKA, CCRT, ICCR, WZCC, Other Zonal Cultural Centers, Dept. of HRD Ministry, State Academies etc. often collaborate with the Department in organizing of such activities.
To provide the public with a reliable source of information on its various schemes and programmes, the Directorate of Art and Culture has duly compiled and published a "Citizens' Charter" highlighting among other things, the methods and procedures for accruing benefits under the relevant schemes/programmes.