EMCVPA and Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport explores the Artist’s covenant with a World Heritage Site on World Heritage Day

Kingston, Jamaica- April 17, 2018: (He)Art of the Matter: Talking on Purpose hosted by Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks, College Orator in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport celebrate a beautiful piece of paradise in celebration of World Heritage with a conversation about the Blue and John Crow Mountains, World Heritage Site. The discussions will take place on April 18, 2018 at The Edward Seaga Library and Resource Centre from 4 pm to 7 pm.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will be in attendance to join in the discussions.
The media is invited to attend and participate in this important tribute to our heritage.
About the Blue and John Crow Mountains
The Blue and John Crow Mountains is Jamaica’s first World Heritage Site and the Caribbean’s first World Heritage Mixed (cultural and natural values) Site. Its significance is interlinked with the Windward Maroon heritage and the endemic species and habitats which deems it of outstanding universal value. This World Heritage Site is just over 26,000 hectares and is located in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park which is approximately 48,000 hectares. It spans three parishes in the Eastern part of Jamaica – St. Thomas, St. Andrew and Portland. There is a wider area around the site which forms a protective buffer to ensure the effective safeguarding of the site. The Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site tells the story of a unique place – where the rugged landscape, lush forest, springs and cascading waterfalls provided all the escaped Africans needed to establish a new culture and to successfully defend their territory through guerrilla warfare under the leadership of an exceptional female warrior queen and spiritual leader – Queen Nanny. Most of The World Heritage Site has Maroon heritage sites such as Nanny Town, Pumpkin Hill and Three Finger Springs. Not to be overlooked are the striking natural features e.g. springs and peaks as well as trails, such Cunha Cunha Pass Trail, Corn Puss Gap Trail, Blue Mountain Peak Trail and Breakfast Spring. Some of the most fascinating tales and oral histories are rooted in these trails with their memorable place names! Major surviving Maroon towns include: Moore Town, Charles Town and Scotts Hall all of which are led by Colonels and Maroon councils. The property is also known for its cloud (mist) forest which has been described as “a rare habitat of tropical mountains” which “make up no more than 2.5% of the world’s tropical forests”. In Jamaica, tropical montane cloud or mist forest is found only in the Blue and John Crow Mountains and these are unique in the Caribbean as they are broadleaf forests.(http://www.jnht.com/download/The_Blue_John_Crow_brochure.pdf)

For more information please contact the Marketing Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts at 920-4633 or marketing@emc.edu.jm.

About (He)Art Of The Matter: Talking On Purpose

(He)Art Of The Matter: Talking On Purpose is a series of conversations hosted by the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. They are designed to facilitate an engagement and exchange of ideas between students and leaders of the creative and cultural industries and their counterparts in business and community development.

The primary objectives are to:
⦁ Increase the understanding of what constitutes the arts and their impact on personal and national well-being
⦁ Broker partnerships between the College, the business community and opinion shapers that will facilitate greater
understanding of the arts and its practitioners thus impacting the context within which actions and policies will be
created to facilitate the transformative power of the arts
⦁ Broker partnerships that will facilitate the participation of students of the college in meaningful economic enterprise
utilising their specific skills, talents and training upon their graduation
⦁ Expand the network available for disseminating information that will facilitate media, financial and audience support
for the work of the College specifically and the growth of the arts in general.
⦁ Empower communities to value and validate their artistic skills and explore the ways in which these may be used to
strengthen their communities and thus impact national development

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

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