The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) has a very intriguing history, with the Jamaica School of Art founded in the 1950s by renowned artist Edna Manley. The School of Music was later founded in 1962 by Vera Moody. The Jamaica National School of Drama, founded by the Little Theatre Movement in the early 70s, and the Jamaica School of Dance, founded by the National Dance Theatre Company with key contributions from members Sheila Barnett, Barbara Requa and Bert Rose. All the Schools eventually came together to form the Cultural Training Centre in 1976 and in 1995 became what we are today – Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Every year since 2010, the College focuses its attention on our founders through a dedicated week of activities under the moniker “Founders Week” where we celebrate all our founders. This year we will be observing Founders’ Week from February 19-24, 2017.
The week of activities commences with an official church service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, February 19 at 8:30 AM. Later that evening will be the final run of the School of Drama Faculty Show “7×11” and School of Dance production “Footprints- Creating Your Own Path”. These will be followed by a special invitation only gratitude ceremony on Monday, February 20.
Other activities include;
- “Enigma” – School of Visual Arts Faculty Show – opening on Tuesday, February 21
- Research in the Arts Day on Wednesday, February 22 under the theme “Edna at 40: Impacts, Reflections, and Projections”
- Gender and Development Lecture under the theme “The Dynamics of Gender and Development in a Changing Society” with key note speaker Prof. Ian Boxhill and Alumni Reception on Thursday, February 23
- Sports’ Day on February 24