National Schools Art Festival to Celebrate 15 Years


Mr. Raymond Lawrence, Chief Cultural Officer

A number of Primary and Secondary School students’ island wide will gather at the Arawak House of Culture, on Tuesday March 12th 2013, to celebrate 15 years of the National School Arts Festival.

Mr. Raymond Lawrence, Chief Cultural Officer said at the national showcase of the arts, students will be able to showcase their skill and talents from all aspects.

Mr. Lawrence also said that there will be an exhibit at the front of Arawak House of Culture and the Old Mill Cultural Center.

He is urging everyone to take time off from their busy schedule to support and enjoy the arts of the well deserving students.

Mr. Lawrence is of the view that holistic education is quite important in the lives of our students.

Having the festival every other year, is not sufficient and students who are interested in pursuing arts should be involved in programs all year round.

Mr. Lawrence encouraged the need for students to participate in cultural activities.

He also encouraged the schools to have their own art clubs and after school programs which is supportive to promoting arts, culture and history.

When asked what type of incentives that the students will receive for their efforts this is what Mr. Lawrence had to say.

He stated the schools have been very receptive to the National Arts Festival and the association is very encouraged by that.

He said this year the participation and response has been great and he is very hopeful for the future of arts and culture in Dominica.

Although it is ok to view art as a hobby, Mr. Lawrence said it is his aim to get the students to see recognize  art as a career by taking it to another level, doing CXC subjects and further onto degrees in the arts.



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