An exhibition which displays the artistic talents of young people from across the Caribbean region is now on at the Old Mill Cultural Center.
The exhibition, which forms part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), is expected to run from 9 am until Friday 22nd March, 2013.
Speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday evening, Chief Education Officer Stephenson Hyacinth, said “in an increasing technological world the visual and performing arts help students to develop multiple capabilities for creating understanding and appreciating an image and symbol laden world.”
Visual arts include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture.
Hyacinth pointed out that visual arts help students develop problem-solving skills, attitudes and abilities and critical thinking skills and also enables students to analyze, synthesize and evaluate a piece of work and enjoy God’s creation.
“In fact experiencing and creating art brings life-long enjoyment to students. It brings an array of expressive, analytical and developmental skills which individuals can use in their daily lives,” he further noted.
He called on schools to help students unlock their artistic abilities.
“It is therefore incumbent upon all of us to be constantly unlocking for our students, the artistic imagination and creative vision, thus producing better citizens for the work places of tomorrow,” Hyacinth stated.
Meanwhile CXC representative, Cleaveland Sam, added “CXC continues to promote and advocate for the visual arts, not just as a subject worth studying but also as an area of significant entrepreneurial opportunities.”
He added that Digital Media will soon be introduced in schools.
Acting Prime Minister, Reginald Austrie, endorsed the exhibition noting that his government is pursuing the development and delivery of a holistic education which the visual arts program fits into.
“Certainly we want our children to learn basic maths and languages and skills in our schools but there is nothing that says that they cannot learn the visual and performing arts. We want them to think outside the box and we can do that by stimulating and releasing their imagination through the visual arts,” he said.
The exhibition will move to Jamaica in October 2013.