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  • Public sector workers will be able to learn more about Jamaica’s rich heritage during an ‘Open House’, being organised by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).
  • The event will take place from April 22 to 25 at the Institute’s East Street complex in downtown Kingston.
  • Persons wishing to take part in group tours must book in advance by contacting Miss Jennifer Clarke at telephone 922-0620-6, ext. 320.

Public sector workers will be able to learn more about Jamaica’s rich heritage during an ‘Open House’, being organised by the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).

The event will take place from April 22 to 25 at the Institute’s East Street complex in downtown Kingston.

Persons wishing to take part in group tours must book in advance by contacting Miss Jennifer Clarke at telephone 922-0620-6, ext. 320. Persons can also email: prsecretary@instituteofjamaica.org.jm

Executive Director of the IOJ, Anne Marie Bonner, told JIS News that during the four days, participants will be afforded the opportunity to view several exhibitions at the Institute as well as take part in talks on various aspects of Jamaican culture.

“We think a lot of people do not know that we have a lot of treasures here at the institute and so we are targeting, first of all, public sector workers and people in our immediate communities downtown,” she said.

Miss Bonner noted that persons visiting the institute will be able to view an exhibition titled, ‘Rastafari’, showing a collection of numerous artefacts and historical narratives of the rise and global influence of the indigenous Rastafari culture. This exhibition has been running since July last year.

Additionally, persons will see a number of collections in the Discovery Room at the Institute.

“We will have a number of activities to allow them to learn more about our exhibits, a little bit more of what we do here and there will be special talks during those four days,” Miss Bonner pointed out.

There will also be a special talk and exhibition by the Jamaica Music Museum titled, ‘Designing Catch a Fire’.

Meanwhile, Miss Bonner is inviting students under the Culture Card Programme to visit the East Street museum, view current exhibitions and meet museum professionals. The pilot phase of the programme, which was launched last December, is an initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Culture to expose hundreds of young people across the island to Jamaican culture by granting them access to museums, galleries, heritage sites and exhibitions.