Cultural Legacy Fund: $58,000 In Grants Awarded

January 31, 2013

Earlier today [Jan 31] Minister of Community and Cultural Development Wayne Scott announced the recipients of this year’s Cultural Legacy Fund, which aims to provide a boost to Bermuda’s culture, heritage and arts through financial grants.

A totals of $58,000 in grants was awarded to Afflare Films, Bermuda Drumline Academy, Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, Bermuda Fine Art Trust, Chewstick, Edwin M. E. Smith, Professor Eddie Ming’s Drum School, St. David’s Islanders and Native Community, St. Georges Marketing Committee, Vincent S. Williams, and Jaricco Dance.

L-R:Gavin Smith, Stephen Tucker, Eddie Ming, Min. Scott, Lucinda Spurling, Dennis Parsons, Karen Pollard

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“The awarding of funds to the successful applicants is a tangible demonstration that this Government is firmly committed to the development and promotion of culture and the arts in Bermuda,” said Minister Scott.

“The Cultural Legacy Fund was established in 2009 during Bermuda’s 400th anniversary celebrations and was introduced by the then Ministry of Culture and Social Rehabilitation; and had as its aims to provide a significant boost to Bermuda’s culture, heritage and arts through strategic, focused investment via financial grants.”

Grants Awarded

  • Afflare Films Ltd. – Lucinda Spurling - $7,500
  • Bermuda Drumline Academy – Dennis Parsons - $3,000
  • Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts - $4,000
  • Bermuda Fine Art Trust – Lisa Howie - $5,000
  • The Chewstick Foundation - $5,000
  • Edwin M. E. Smith - $9,000
  • Professor Eddie Ming’s Drum School & Rhythm Lab - $7,500
  • St. David’s Islanders and Native Community - $5,000
  • St. Georges Marketing Committee - $5,000
  • Vincent S. Williams - $2,000
  • Jaricco Dance submitted by Eric Bean Jr. - $5,000
  • Total - $58,000

Minister Scott continued, “I would like to offer my high praise to the staff of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs for their stellar work in ensuring that this initiative continues to help those individuals and organizations who best illustrate the aims and goals of the Cultural Legacy Fund……to foster excellence, culture, heritage and the arts.

“I applaud all of the recipients, some of whom are standing here with me today, and wish all of them much success in their cultural and artistic endeavours.”

Minister Scott’s full statement follows below:

Good Afternoon once again!

I am extremely delighted to announce that the recipients of this year’s Cultural Legacy Fund have been selected. The awarding of funds to the successful applicants is a tangible demonstration that this Government is firmly committed to the development and promotion of culture and the arts in Bermuda.

The Cultural Legacy Fund was established in 2009 during Bermuda’s 400th anniversary celebrations and was introduced by the then Ministry of Culture and Social Rehabilitation; and had as its aims to provide a significant boost to Bermuda’s culture, heritage and arts through strategic, focused investment via financial grants.

The fund is also aimed at promoting projects and events that are of national significance; further demonstrating Government’s dedication to the preservation and celebration of Bermuda’s culture and heritage. Thus, the financial assistance provided by way of the Cultural Legacy Fund is but one means of supporting, protecting, preserving, promoting and celebrating our culture and heritage.

The Cultural Legacy Fund has contributed significantly to the development of a vibrant and diverse arts based community in Bermuda and this year’s recipients are deserving of support as their artistic pursuits will make a positive impact in our communities and in some cases will create a body of work, a legacy perhaps, by Bermudian artists that will have a far reaching cultural impact on our heritage and development.

Funds provided through the Cultural Legacy Fund will go to:

  • Afflare Films Ltd – Lucinda Spurling – to bring 2 professional screenwriters to conduct free screenwriting workshops for 30 Bermudians;
  • Bermuda Drumline Academy – Dennis Parsons to enable 30 Middle and high school students to attend a camp free of charge during the mid-term break;
  • Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – to support artists stipends;
  • Bermuda Fine Art Trust to fund “Eyes on the World/Eyes on Bermuda – a two part exhibition to showcase perspectives of international and Bermudian photographers;
  • The Chewstick Foundation – Najib Chentouf to support Chewstick programs and the Chewstick Cultural Facility
  • Edwin M. E. Smith – for the creation of a body of paintings that are educational and creative compositions derived from works by Bermudian artists and the publication of a book providing a definition of Bermuda art;
  • Professor Eddie Ming’s Drum School & Rhythm Lab –for a one week intensive study in folklore and Cuban rhythms;
  • St. David’s Islanders and Native Community – for the Pow wow to take place on June 22nd & 23rd 2013 at the St. David’s Cricket Field;
  • St. Georges Marketing Committee – for the Summerwalk and Art Walk in the East End a self guided walking tour featuring local artists in the town of St. Georges;
  • Vincent Williams – to assist with the cost to publish a book entitled “A Bird’s Eye View – Black Males & Bermuda’s Education System.”
  • Jaricco Dance submitted by Eric Bean Jr. to fund two to three week dance intensive for pre-professional students focusing on the disciplines of Jazz Dance and Latin Social and competitive Dance.

Before closing I would like to offer my high praise to the staff of the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs for their stellar work in ensuring that this initiative continues to help those individuals and organizations who best illustrate the aims and goals of the Cultural Legacy Fund……to foster excellence, culture, heritage and the arts.

I applaud all of the recipients, some of whom are standing here with me today, and wish all of them much success in their cultural and artistic endeavours.

Thank you.

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  1. Out of flight says:

    Congrats to all.
    Not a penny given to the Giant Steps Group with the legendary Tootsie Bean going to Cuba to represent us and returning to establish a youth Footsteps Band. Awful. Not good at all because they have been so busy in 2012 and deserved some recognition.
    Even a thousand dollars would have helped them and a few others who were overlooked.

  2. dinosaurmedia says:

    It’s the other side of the coin handing out taxpayer dollars now. so its okay. Let these peole raise their own funds. It is called life. I put myself through college, paid for my own car, house everything – never needed a hand out from anyone. Tired of the this big government tit for everyone to suck off of…here and in the US..more people on the wagon and less people pulling it means disaster.

    SMALL GOVERNMENT = ECONOMIC GROWTH Keynsian Economic policies have failed.

    Seriously folks study the list – apert from the free camp for the kids this is all a farce…here is my favorite – The Chewstick Foundation – Najib Chentouf to support Chewstick programs and the Chewstick Cultural Facility – what the hell does that mean exactly?…we are paying money to Najib Chantouf to do what? What exactly does his “support” entail?

  3. Well... says:

    …there are a lot of groups and ppl who have played and are still playing a significant part in the cultural aspect of the country that did not get grants this year. And because of this this they’ve had to cancel events and or shut down, because nowadays personal fundraisers are not supported as much.

    For those who think that they don’t try to raise their own funds well thats not entirely true. Most of these organizations want to present and impliment nothing but the best performances and displays for the country and sometimes they do need just that little extra to create the vision in its entirety so that the public isn’t getting a 6 for a 9 knowing that the funds derive from the country.

    I’ve never heard of any of these organizations besides Chewstick and from what i know of chewstick they’ve come a long way providing avenues and opportunities for a lot young and old performing artists, amongst other things, creating this entity out of their own pockets for the longest while.

    In anycase…all the best to all of you and i can only hope that you’ll continue on striving to have a great impact culturally on the people of Bermuda. It may even be a good idea for someone of you to merge or partner with groups that are of the same essence. Untiy is strength….