Honouring our Past at EMCVPA

Kingston Jamaica, February 14, 2019 –The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts (EMCVPA) is proud of its rich history and salutes its founders with our annual FOUNDERS’ WEEK celebrations. Every year since 2010, the College focuses its attention on our founders through a dedicated week of activities where we honour our founders for their contribution to the now Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. This year we are celebrating forty-three (43) years under the theme ‘Investing in the Future – Honouring our Past’. Founders’ Week 2019 will be celebrated from February 24- March 1, 2019.

We will begin our week of celebrations by inviting the spirit of our creator to provide guidance over the weeks’ proceedings with a Thanksgiving Service at the Church of the Ascension, Mona On Sunday February 24, 2019 starting at 8:00 a.m.  

The week of activities will also include  
⦁ ‘One Fine Jamaican Cunny Ooman’ a Celebration of Edna Manley on February 25
⦁ SVA Faculty Show – opening on Tuesday February 26, 2019
⦁ SAMH Research in the Arts Day on Wednesday February 27
⦁ Gender and Development Lecture under the theme “Transitory Masculinities:  Assessing Jamaica’s Gender Divide in the 21st Century” with key note speaker Prof. Donna Hope from the University of the West Indies, Mona.
⦁ Official opening of the Writing Centre and a Mini Film Festival on Friday March 1. We end the celebrations with an Alumi Mixer at 6: 00 p.m.

The media is invited to attend and share in our celebrations.

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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