Government is committed to the development of the Arts – Minister Norton
DPI, GUYANA, Friday, February 9, 2018
Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton assured students of the E.R. Burrowes School of Art of the government’s commitment to the development of the Arts.
On February 8, Dr. Norton visited the institution to get a firsthand assessment of the operations and look into the welfare of the students at the institution. “I hope this visit will not be considered just another visit from another minister, it will allow me to recognise your concerns highlighted today and I do hope that I can make a difference for the benefit of everyone,” the Minister told the students and lecturers.
He further encouraged the students to be diligent and give of their best, “Your biggest asset is your youth, which would not mean anything, should you not apply yourselves,” he said.
While a number of the school’s successes were highlighted it was also pointed out that the institution is facing several challenges. Among those issues raised were insufficient furniture and running water at the school’s Annex and the lack of qualified human resources and security for students.
Further, students raised the possibility of integrating the subject of Art at the nursery school level and upwards, instead of the students being given formal training just at the tertiary level. While agreeing with the proposal, Minister Norton explained that he will need to engage the Minister of Education Nicolette Henry before such a measure is implemented. The students also called for the establishment of a Wall of Fame to honour all those accomplished artists, who attended the school.
Director of Culture Tomika Boatswain, who was also present, informed the students and administration of the institution’s Art school, that her department is currently scouting for a location to establish a building to house and display the National School of Dance’s costumes and will do the same for the art school’s Mashramani costumes.
By: Neola Damon
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