The History of Nakhon Sawan Provincial Cultural Hall
Art and Cultural Office of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University is an agency under the administration structure of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University. The history is as follows:
In 1958, the Culture Ministry and Culture Council was dissolved, resulting in the Culture Division being transferred to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Education Ministry.
In 1972, the Culture Division was again transferred to the Religion Department, from which budget was allocated to educational institutions which implemented Thai cultural activities, including the supplementary unit of the Cultural Promotion Community Centre. Then a committee of the unit was set up. This committee was chaired by the President of Nakhon Sawan Teacher College, starting to organise Thai cultural activities in 1977. This was documented in the preface of the 1977 Activity Report of the supplementary unit that:
"The supplementary unit of the Thai Cultural Promotion Community Centre of Nakhon Sawan Teacher College received financial support from the Cultural Division, Religion Department of Education Ministry, and implemented various projects in order to conduct research, promote, and disseminate national culture including local traditions in Nakhon Sawan and nearby provinces. Such implementations played a great role in preserving valuable Thai cultural art heritage for the next generation."
In 1979, the National Culture Committee Office Act was promulgated. This agency had its status equivalent to a department in the Education Ministry, resulting in the establishment of the National Culture Committee, Cultural Centre, and National Folk Cultural Centre.
In 1980, the Education Ministry issued a regulation regarding the Culture Promotion and Development Centre in accordance with the 1979 National Culture Committee
Office Act. The Supplementary Unit of Thai Cultural Promotion Community Centre, Nakhon Sawan Teacher College, was renamed: Nakhon Sawan Provincial Culture Promotion and Development Centre.
In 1981, Nakhon Sawan Provincial Cultural Centre was renamed: Nakhon Sawan Provincial Art and Cultural Centre.
In 1984, the 1984 Teacher College Act (No. 2) was promulgated. In this Act, there was a clearer arrangement i.e. faculties, centres, and offices were of equal status. These included the Office for Student Affairs, Office for Planning and Development, Research and Service Centre, and Art and Culture Centre.
Article 5 in the 1973 Teacher College Act stated that: "A teacher college is responsible for training and producing teachers at bachelor's degree level, conducting research, promoting professionalism and qualification, preserving culture, and providing academic services to the public". Accordingly, Nakhon Sawan Provicial Art and Culture Centre (or Nakhon Sawan Teacher College Art Culture Centre) was committed to accomplishing the full coverage of its missions.
In 1991, the top leader of the centre was changed from "Head" to "Director".
On 14 February 1992, due to the royal approval, the name, "Teacher Collage" was changed to "Rajabhat Institute" so as to reflect its extended missions. Then, the 1995 Rajabhat Institute Act was promulgated. Nakhon Sawan Teacher College was upgraded to "Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat Institute".
In 1999, the administrative structure of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat Institute was reshuffled again so as to be in accordance with the 1995 Rajabhat Institute Act. Also, the name "Art and Culture Centre" was renamed "Art and Culture Office", and the top leader was called "Director of Art and Culture Office".
In 2005, the name "Cultural Art Office", was again renamed "Art and Culture Office", so as to comply with the 2005 decree regarding agency arrangement in Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University.
At present, the duties of the Art and Culture Office, of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University, are divided, in proportion to the allocated budget, into the following categories:
1. In the capacity as the Art and Culture Office of Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University, we receive both government budget and school-fee budget (under the cultural art preservation plan). The main duties include: personnel development; conservation, promotion, and dissemination of culture; undertaking research related to culture; promotion of local tradition; and implementation of the Culture Hall.
2. Taking the role of the provincial culture centre, we receive budget from the Office of National Culture Committee (ONC), under the art and culture promotion, dissemination, and development plan. Approximately, about 20,000 baht per year is approved by the Provincial Office for Culture. Our work load is determined (on yearly basis) by the ONC.
3. As the unit for natural environment and local fine art reservation of Nakhon Sawan, we receive the budget provided by the Office of Policy and Natural Environment Plan, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The work load is in a fourfold division:
Plan 1 : Establishing the Unit for Natural Environment and Local Art Reservation.
Plan 2 : Declaring the area for art environment conservation.
Plan 3 : Organising training programs to publicise the knowledge about fine arts environment.
Plan 4 : Setting up centres collecting information for conserving fine art environment and ancient communities.
Philosophy Conserve, revive, develop, and disseminate the cultural diversity of the community at the Chao Phraya River source.
The agency plays a participative role in researching and developing cultural knowledge so as to gain uniqueness and leads to sustainable local development.
1. Providing academic services in response to the needs of communities in terms of arts and culture.
2. Preserving arts, culture, and local wisdom; developing cultural technology.
3. Continuing royal initiative projects, reviving, and conserving natural environment and local fine arts in Nakhon Sawan.
4. Developing administration guideline to meet educational standards.