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Jul 25, 2014

M.O.E. hosts closing ceremony for expressive arts camp

For students interested in creative arts, a summer camp hosted by the Ministry of Education is the perfect setting to engage in the many facets of the arts. This year the number of participants grew to well over a hundred students who flocked to the Bliss Center for Performing Arts for three weeks of fun filled activities. Duane Moody reports. 

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The closing ceremony of the sixth annual expressive arts summer camp was held today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. For approximately three weeks, approximately a hundred students have been learning the skills and techniques in drama, music, dance and arts and craft. And at this morning’s event, the participants showcased what they had learned during their session at camp.

 

Leroy Green, National Coordinator, Expressive Arts, M.O.E.

Leroy Green

“Every year we up the ante. They’ve described the show this morning and the artwork upstairs as spectacular. We at first catered for a hundred children; this year we got a hundred of fifteen since we didn’t want to turn away anybody. We had classes in drama, dance, music and arts and crafts. What you saw this morning is the end result of the three weeks training and we only had sessions in the morning. When I reflect on this, I say that if these facilitators can achieve this in three weeks, what can’t the teachers achieve with a whole year to do this kind of thing.”

 

For the children, they have all been inspired by some aspect of the creative arts and they were even more ecstatic about acquiring the foundations to become better at what they love.

 

Brianna Castro

Brianna Castro, Participant

“I learn to warm up before my dances because I never used to do that before I danced. I learn to do other dances that I wasn’t use to because I was only doing liturgical. Now I know how to do the folktale and the carnival.”

 

Duane Moody

“You’ve always been a dancer?”

 

Brianna Castro

“Yes I’ve always been a dancer.”

 

Duane Moody

“How long were you dancing for?”

 

Brianna Castro

“Since I was three years old.”

 

For Coby Gomez, it allowed him to keeping out of trouble.

 

Coby Gomez

Coby Gomez, Participant

“I learn the different type of body positions and the different type of stage and how to be a good dramatist.”

 

Duane Moody

“You always liked drama?”

 

Coby Gomez

“Yes.”

 

Trinique Flowers took part in the music section. He worked on his skills of playing the recorder. He even gave us a demonstration.

 

Trinique Flowers

Trinique Flowers, Participant

“I learn about new notes on the piano and the recorder, a little bit of drums during the third week. And they taught us all kinds of things about music.”

 

Duane Moody

“You’ve always liked music?”

 

Trinique Flowers

“Yap. I like to play all kinds of instruments.”

 

Duane Moody

“So play something for us.”

 

Trinique Flowers

(Playing song…)

 

Coordinator for the camp, Leroy Green, says that this is simply a start to the work put in for the annual festival of arts.

 

Leroy Green

“It is already mandated that teachers teaching expressive arts one hour per week in the schools. And I am happy to say that the arts has now been regarded as a core subject on the school’s timetable so that means that teachers will be expected to teach it as a regular lesson in classes. There are quite a few challenges and I must be very frank and say that some of the challenges lie right within the Ministry of Education where some people apparently don’t really see the importance of the art and this is transferred down into the school system because I must say not really a lot of attention is paid when we have things like this and so teachers get the impression that they don’t have to teach it. And those who do teach it, we don’t have many trained in it…so we are going about training people and of course in some schools it is done as clubs and only the students who can afford it. Sometimes it is the ones who can’t afford it that really have the talent.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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