Earlier today [Sept 18], the Minister of Education, Dame Jennifer Smith, welcomed students to the St. Paul AME Church’s “Mustard Seed” exhibition at Centennial Hall.
Dame Jennifer Smith and West Pembroke students:
The artists whose works are featured at the exhibition also kindly made themselves available to the Island’s students, who are being encouraged to attend the show as part of their art instruction in schools.
Dame Jennifer Smith and artist Manuel Palacio:
Minister Smith reminded students that art education was just as important as core subjects such as math, English and science. And she encouraged them to embrace the arts and learn from the artists whose works were on display today.
Dame Jennifer addresses students as AME pastor Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton looks on:
Dame Jennifer told the students: “Prior to your arrival, the names of Manuel Palacio, Kenneth Burch, Antoine Hunt, Sharon Wilson and Christopher Grimes were names that were probably completely unrecognisable to you.
“But I am almost certain, or at least it’s my hope – that once you finish your visit at this exhibition, you will want to learn all that you can about these incredibly talented Bermudian artists.”
Minister Smith’s full statement follows below:
Good morning students!
This is a wonderful occasion for you to learn about our local art culture – a learning opportunity that will allow you to appreciate the exciting world of the arts and in doing so ignite your passion and inspire you to be creative souls.
Prior to your arrival, the names of Manuel Palacio, Kenneth Burch, Antoine Hunt, Sharon Wilson and Christopher Grimes were names that were probably completely unrecognisable to you.
But I am almost certain, or at least it’s my hope – that once you finish your visit at this exhibition, you will want to learn all that you can about these incredibly talented Bermudian artists.
And maybe you might even want to be creative just like them.
Last week I told another group of young people who were starting their studies in the arts that art education is just as important as English, math and science.
When you immerse yourselves in the arts, you embark on a journey of self discovery. You are exposed to a magical world of creativity which in turn can lead to endless possibilities.
So today, as you look around and study the hard work and fruits of the dedicated artists who have created these works, I want to challenge you to aspire to put your own stamp on Bermuda’s art culture.
There is so much beauty in our surrounding community and I want each and every one of you no matter how small the contribution, to promise to make it your mission to take that beauty and interpret it in an artistic form.
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