Regional artistic talent on display

dno newsAn 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.

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  1. Justice and Truth
    March 19, 2013

    This is an excellent manner in keeping them busy otherwise. Aside from a learning process and entrepreneurial opportunities for those who are so inclined, it could be utilized as a hobby. It also serves as an excellent disciplinary measure which also cultivates patience. Overall it is an excellent builder of talents, virtues and will motivate their sense of self-worth. Too often while attending school, they may feel bored at the end of the day or weekend. It is wise to keep them occupied. Their artistic talent will surely assist them accordingly. Keep it up young ones. You will derive great joy and satisfaction from your talents. In time you will reap the benefits of your efforts.

  2. ok boyz
    March 19, 2013

    DNO anyway you all like like are bias. I made a comment on the tax issue it was nor published, but someone calls this news piece pure rubbish and you all let it pass by. That us what you should not publish.

  3. Looker
    March 19, 2013

    Nice pic of the old mill center though :) that a good celebration for the youths ..I agree to that.

  4. Looker
    March 19, 2013

    No photosss.. Come on dno

  5. Anonymous
    March 19, 2013


  6. Sylvester Cadette
    March 19, 2013

    This celebration of artistic talents of our Caribbean youths in its varied forms is so refreshing. We need to continue extolling the virtues of wholesome thought and expressions through such mediums (media) and to encourage our youth along those paths. Artistic expression is indeed liberating and a manifest form of true identity.

    Please DNO, if possible (copyright, related rights et al)populate your site with a gallery of these works of Art for those of us who are unable to behold in the physical.

  7. eh beh
    March 19, 2013

    pure rubbish

    • Why
      March 19, 2013


    • student
      March 20, 2013

      Shame on DNO for publishing such comments!

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    March 19, 2013


  9. March 19, 2013

    This is such a beautiful celebration of the talent of our young people!

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