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  • Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has announced a shift in the timing of the JCDC Festival of the Arts programme in schools.
  • The programme will be shifted from the last term of the school year, April to June, when students should be focusing on exams, to the first term, September to December.
  • The Minister was making her presentation in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 20.

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has announced a shift in the timing of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival of the Arts programme in schools.

Ms. Hanna said the programme will be shifted from the last term of the school year, April to June, when students should be focusing on exams, to the first term, September to December.

“Schools may now activate their arts programmes during the summer, giving students adequate time to balance both their academic and artistic development. This is a major strategic shift, but it will be in the best interest of the creation and promotion of our culture,” she noted.

The Minister was making her presentation in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on May 20.

Ms. Hanna also informed that the National Youth Service (NYS), through the Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP), will place over 30 graduates as Performance Arts Specialists in each parish to assist with talent development.

The graduates will be from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the Excelsior Community College and they will be assigned to the parish offices of the JCDC.

“These graduates will assist in the training and development of talent in the visual and performing arts in communities as well as providing assistance with the arts development programme in schools where this specialised skill does not exist,” Ms. Hanna said.

She added that the Performing and Visual Arts Specialists will also provide training to unattached youth in cultural centres to be established across the island, which is in keeping with the objective to act as an incubator for local and rural talents.

“This programme will commence this summer and will continue in one year cycles on an annual basis,” Ms. Hanna informed.