Title: CARIFESTA X child art exhibition at the Umana Yana
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Title: CARIFESTA X child art exhibition at the Umana Yana
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: Nauth, Priya
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Saturday, 19 July 2008, page 12
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Isaacs, Nateshia
Fraser, Rensca
Holder, Angelica
Lewis, Chantal
Henry, Devair
Charlie, John
Alexander, Winston
Isaacs, Anesia
Nelson, Ernesta
Khan, Michael
Abstract: Article reports on the child art exhibition being run from Wednesday, 16 July to Saturday, 19 July 2008 at the Umana Yana, showcasing the winning and other selected entries from the Guyana leg of the CARIFESTA X Child Art Competition. Includes the names of the winners in the three categories, a list of the prizes presented and information on the sponsor of the activity.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100706
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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12 GUYANA CHROMCLE Saturday, July 19, 2008


Exhibition at the Umana Yana

By Priya Nauth

A 'Child Art Exhibition' con-
sisting of the winning and se-
lected entrant pieces of the
Competition' in Guyana was
opened Wednesday, showcas-
ing the unique and creative
talent of young people across
the country.
The exhibition is at the
Umana Yana in Kingston,
Georgetown, and is open daily
from 10:00 h to 17:00 h, until
The winners of the compe-
tition also received their prizes
which were sponsored by the
United Nation Children's Fund
The entries were judged in
three categories: ages 8 to 11 with
Nateshia Issac copping first
place, Rensca Fraser second, and
Angelica Holder third.
In the 12 to 14 category,
Chantal Lewis managed to.grab
first place, Devair Henry second,
and John Charlie third, while in
the 15 to 18 category, Winston
Alexander got first, Anesia Issac
second, and Ernesta Nelson
Each first place winner
was awarded an Ipod and a
$15,000 book voucher; second
place winner a DVD player
and a $10,000 book voucher,
and third place winner a bi-
cycle and a $5,000 book

involvement in
Member of the Visual Arts
Committee for CARIFESTA
X, Ms. Akima McPherson,
said that since its inaugural
presentation in 1972,
CARIFESTA events have al-
ways have a component for
children and young people.
She said that the competi-
tion is part of efforts to sensitise
and get children and young
people more involved in

CARIFESTA activities.
"The exhibition is the work
done by the winners of the
competition and selected en-
trants of the Guyana leg of the
competition. As you may
know, the competition is a re-
gional one. The competition
was first tabled as a competi-
tion to be focused in Guyana;

tion, Mr. Michael Khan, in
his remarks, said that the
panel of judges consisted of
five talented artists and art
teachers boasting a wealth of
experience in terms of what
to look for in a piece of child
"The children art work came
from all around Guyana and the

membered. Each child who took
part in this presentation will
someday say, 'As a child I took
part in CARIFESTA X'," the
Chief Judge noted.
"The art works that were
submitted reflected the
thoughts and understanding of
children in our society their
dreams and aspirations for a

Anesia Isaacs of St. Rose's High with her second prize winner in the 14 to 18 years

but thereafter it was decided
that instead of it being re-
stricted to Guyana, we should
have it as a regional competi-
tion," she explained.
She also noted that the
pieces submitted by the chil-
dren were in keeping with
the theme of CARIFESTA
X: 'One Caribbean, One
Purpose- Our Culture, Our

Their dreams and
aspirations for a
better world
Chief Judge of the competi-

judges were delighted to receive
so many entries from Annai in
Region Nine," he noted.
"The quality of work and
ideas expressed by the children
were good; and with yearly
practice among entrants, more
exhibition of this nature will
make them certainly better and
better," he remarked.
He said that of the 87 en-
tries, four could not have been
judged because no names were
"Children are Guyana's fu-
ture and the respect and involve-
ment that CARIFESTA will
give them will forever be re-

better world. A true and won-
derful region with one pur-
pose, one culture and one
life," Khan posited.

Creativity is the key to
unlock the future
UNICEF Representative to
Guyana, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago, Mr.
Yohannes Wedenig, in brief
remarks, said that this
event is about celebrating
youth, creativity and giving
children the space they
"CARIFESTA is about cel-

ebrating, belonging to one re-
gion with a history, a destiny
and a people that share a lot in
common; and UNICEF is
proud to be associated with
CARIFESTA because we be-
lieve that creativity is the key
to unlock the future," he
"Because we can only set
free the potential that are in
children if you give them the
space and room they need so
they can express
themselves...I think paint-
ing is just one way, but a
very powerful way for chil-
dren to express themselves,"
Wedenig observed.

Minister of Culture,
Youth and Sport, Dr
Frank Anthony, noted that
there are many partners,
including UNICEF and
the Ministry of Education,
in the children project.
"We are very pleased that
we had so many entries, espe-
cially from the outlying areas
and more so from the hinter-
land...," he noted.
"I am very pleased with
the children and the re-
sponse...," he reiterated.
"Perhaps maybe if we
annualise this to have a
child art competition ev-
ery year, we will have
more and more children
participating...and that is
something we will cer-
tainly look at," the minis-
ter assured.
He said that in the very
first CARIFESTA, a child art
exhibition was staged but was
limited only to Guyanese chil-
"This year what we
sought to do is to try to
get other countries par-
ticipating in this by send-
ing out a call and we have
some entries from a couple
of countries that will be
coming in ....," he noted.

He said each country will
have a child art competition and
the top five entries from each
country will be selected and sent
here where the judging will take
place to determine the winner of
the 'Caribbean competition'.
Dr Anthony said there are
a number of ways in which
young people will be participat-
ing in CARIFESTA, including
the interactive 'Youth Village' at
the National Park, and the
'Child Art Mural'.
"I can assure you that chil-
dren and young people partici-
pating in CARIFESTA would
really be something that is spe-
cial because it will be done by
themselves for themselves," he
Alluding to the 'child
art mural', he said "The
work the children have
done is of a very high qual-
ity, we can see their
imagination running wild,
we can see their creative
ideas coming
through...you know when
you have this uninhibited
things from children, it is
really their innocence
that is coming through..,"
he noted.
The minister added that a
several public art murals will be
unveiled over the next few
"So at the end of this
exercise... you can go around
Georgetown and visit these pub-
lic murals and so we now have
an art trail in Georgetown, and
this now becomes another thing
that Georgetown will be known
for," he posited.
Dr Anthony noted that with
the hands and creativity of
Guyanese, the face of
Georgetown is being changed.
"If we continue at this
change, I am very confident
that we can make
Georgetown the 'art capital of
the Caribbean' and this is
what we should aim for," he

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