One hundred and forty five individuals will be awarded certificates next week from the Dominica Institute of the Arts.
The certificates will be given to those who are presently participating or have completed programs at the institute since it opened its doors last September.
Director, Athlene Murdock, said the institute, which was opened in September 2012 and which was established by the National Cultural Council and the Cultural Division, trains both adults and children in all aspects of the arts.
She described the past year as very active and indicated that the year will climax at the closing ceremony slated for May 23 at the Arawak House of Culture.
“The public will be able to enjoy a spectacular exhibition of students work in wood carving and art. They will also be treated to the sweet voices of our children’s choir and other performances in creole, drama, steel pan, drumming, flute, guitar, functional key board, creative dance and ballet,” Murdock stated.
She said she is extremely excited and is looking forward to this grand display of knowledge, skills, talent and a general outburst of creativity coming from such a wide range of ages – seven years to 70 year old.
Murdock added that the institution is the first of its kind in Dominica which offers a wide variety of training in the visual and performing arts. She noted also that the Institue is looking forward to developing itself as the premier visual and performing arts institution in the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States.
Various courses including visual arts, drama, creative dance, music theory, bèlè, steel pan, classical and functional guitar, keyboards, music business, children’s choir and Kwéyòl are offered at the Institute.
Eighty individuals enrolled for classes when the institution opened.
The Dominica Institute of the Arts is based at the Old Mill Cultural Centre.