Title: CARIFESTA X child art mural commissioned
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Title: CARIFESTA X child art mural commissioned
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: Nauth, Priya
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Saturday, 11 October 2008, page 1
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Visual Arts
Abstract: Article reports on the commissioning of the Child Art Mural painted by Guyanese children, spanning 420 metres along the Georgetown seawall between Sheriff Street and Conversation Tree, on Friday, 10 October 2008. Commissioning ceremony was attended by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, the UNICEF Representative in Guyana Mr. Johannes Wedenig and the UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Nils Katsberg
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100707
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
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Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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GUYANA CHRONICLE Saturday, October I,. 2008



Mural commission

UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Nils Kastberg (at extreme left) clearly impressed by the Child Art Mural. Also
standing in the back is UNICEF Representative in Guyana, Mr. Johannes Wedenig. (Photos by: Cullen Bess-Nelson)

By Priya Nauth

THE Child Art Mural, an ex-
pression of Guyanese
children's thoughts and ideas
and one of the innovations of
the successful tenth Carib-
bean Festival of Creative Arts
(CARIFESTA X) was officially
commissioned yesterday af-
The mural, sponsored by
the United Nations Children's
Fund (UNICEF) spans 420
metres of the seawall between
Sheriff Street and Conversation
Tree, along the Rupert Craig
Highway. Its kaleidoscope of
colours chronicles the thoughts,
ideas and creativity of young
Gun anese children.
It is one of a number of
public art projects, undertaken
by the CARIFESTA X Visual
\rt' Committee which dazzled
thousands of regional and inter-
national visitors during the
Caribbean's roving mega event,
from August 22 to 31, and which
came back to its birthplace af-
ter 36 years under the theme
'One Caribbean, One Purpose;
Our Culture, Our Life'.
Speaking to the media yes-
terday after viewing the mural.
UNICEF Regional Director for
Latin America and the Carib-
bean. Mr. Nils Kastberg, im-
pressed by the beauty of the
work on the seawall, said. "I
hope we can get it into the
Guinness Book of Records; but
above all 1 hope it will remind
everybody that comes here that
children have rights."

He noted that children are
citizens of development and
adults should give them space
to express themselves.
"I think Guyana is a good
example by giving them this
space and I think also that the
children are sending a lot of
messages to all Guyanese
adults," he observed.
Kastberg noted that the
children are talking about vari-
ous issues such as health, envi-
ronment, peace and recreation
in the paintings.
"They are raising a number
of issues to bring about peace
and harmony and I think we
should take that very seriously.
We should not just look at it as
a children's painting they are
talking about the type of
Guyana that they would like
for the future,' he stated.
Minister of Culture, Youth
and Sports, Dr Frank Anthony,
described the child art mural as
a fabulous piece of art work,
noting "We set out with a
broader project in the ministry
to create a number of public art
projects and this is one good ex-
Noting the beauty of it, he
pointed out. "It was not any
expert that did it. We got chil-
dren to come out and paint
what they feel and I think you
can see their honesty in their
paintings ."
I think a lot of people who
would have walked by it would
have certainly been impressed
by the quality of work," Dr An-
thony stated.

From left Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Frank Anthony, UNICEF R
(third from left) and UNICEP Regional Director for Latin America and the i
"Since UNICEF came in CARIFESTA and I hope in Participa
on board and put in this the future CARIFESTAS, they included chil
initial installment, we can continue this and even have in ages bet'
have had a number of ex- more countries participatinG," he years, draw
pressions of interest from encouraged. gions across
other organizations and I "This is the premier cul- ing places li
hope maybe, before the tural festival of the region sionandSoe
year is finished that we can and I think children have to way.
probably start on other seg- be a part of that... we kind of The pr
ments of the seawall,' he make it different and I think July 8 and
revealed, we have succeeded," the min- in the sec
The minister said ister reiterated, gust, attr

UNICEF has been a great
partner in not only this ini-
tiative, but in a number of
projects during CARIFESTA
X, including the Youth Village
and the Child Art Regional
"It was certainly a first for
the Caribbean to have Child Art

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