Mr. Antonio Maynard
June 17, 2008
An eight week workshop dubbed “Art in Motion” funded by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) came to an end on June 07, 2008.
The closing ceremony which was held on June 16, 2008 at the Nevis Red Cross Building in Charlestown, featured speeches, presentations and art displays.
While UNESCO provided funding for the workshop, the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) offered its support which included the provision of facilitators, facility and stationery.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Library Services Mr. Joseph Wiltshire represented the NIA at the ceremony and recorded his appreciation on its behalf.
“I must express the Nevis Island Administration’s gratitude to UNESCO for funding this important and timely project which sought to assist our people to develop their creative imagination and stimulate self reliance and self realisation. This sponsorship, I assure you, has enabled the Administration to continue its thrust of providing a holistic education for all of its people,” Mr. Wiltshire said.
He advised that the “Art in Motion” students comprised of teachers and leaders of youth service organisations.
“The selection of the trainees was important as the major objective of the project is the transmission of the skills and knowledge gained to the young people with whom the training will come into contact,” Mr. Wiltshire said.
Secretary General of St. Kitts-Nevis National Commission for UNESCO Mr. Antonio Maynard also attended the ceremony and expressed his delight in the programme’s success.
“This workshop and project was a strategy in encouraging entrepreneurial skills via craft making, especially among teachers and students; a practice that could ultimately create a linkage with the tourism industry,” Mr. Maynard said.
Past member of the National Commission for UNESCO Mr. Halstead Byron, spoke of the project’s initiation.
“The programme was conceived about three or four years ago because we (Department of Education) saw the need for the re-introduction of art and craft, the visual arts in the schools and in the communities of Nevis. We recognised at the time that there were only a few practicing craftsmen and artists and so on in Nevis, that as many young people as we wanted to were not being exposed to the visual arts and we thought that it was very important and opportune at the time to write a protest to the UNESCO participation programme for funding and we were quite fortunate in getting funding for this project,” Mr. Byron said.
Coordinator for the project was Mrs. Janette Nisbett-Meloney and the facilitators were Mrs. Marie Mason and Mrs. Marina Simmons.