Creative Arts Institute graduates urged to preserve heritage

DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 21, 2018

Creative Arts Institute graduates were reminded on Thursday, September 20, that they have the responsibility to preserve the nation’s heritage.

Minister of Social Cohesion Dr. George Norton made the charge at the Institute’s fifth convocation ceremony at the National Cultural Centre.

Sixty students graduated from the National School of Dance, E.R Burrowes School of Art, National School of Music and the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama. Minister Norton said the government recognises the national importance of the arts and is committed to raising standards.

“I believe that that a country is but an empty shell without the preservation of her history, culture and traditions. You, our artists, our writers, actors, dancers and musicians are the people entrusted with safeguarding these aspects of our identity.”

Minister Norton also highlighted that the work of those in the various arts plays a crucial role in fostering social cohesion and “immersing ourselves in the arts helps us to broaden our perspectives and enrich our lives”.

Additionally, he called upon those in attendance to support local productions, products and pieces produced by those in the creative arts sector as they have a positive impact on the nation.

Valedictorian of the National School of Dance, Kimberly Manbodh said there were many things that she is proud of but graduating in the art of dance is her greatest achievement thus far. Manbodh said that dance has been a therapy for her helping her getting through some challenging times. She even had some advice for those wishing to study the art of dance. “To all the young listeners considering to take this opportunity, you must have the wisdom to recognize the best in others while always demanding the best for yourself.”

National School of Music Valedictorian, Austin Sindo said his love for music came when he was just eight years old listening to a kindergarten teacher from a neighbouring school who would lead a sing-along daily with her students. Sindo said that the journey to becoming a performer was rough but it was the experience that was rewarding. With that, he called upon his fellow graduates not to not give up on their dreams.

Best student from the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama was Subraj Singh while Joanna Suchit was best graduating student from the E.R Burrows School of Art.

The Institute of Creative Arts seeks to empower artists through training for specific occupational roles in the creative sector.

Isaiah Braithwaite.

Images: Jules Gibson.