Celebrating Founders Week 2022


Kingston Jamaica, March 4, 2022 –The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts (EMCVPA) continues to celebrate its 45th anniversary under the theme ‘Rising. Responding.’ with its’ annual Founders Week event. 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 transition from the Cultural Training Centre to the now Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Founders’ Week 2022 will be celebrated March 6 – 11, 2022.

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 Vera Moody Concert Hall on Sunday March 6, 2022, starting at 4:00 p.m. The week of activities will also include the official launch of our 45TH celebrations on Monday March 7, 2022, on the College Grounds. Through this years’ initiatives, we are hoping to raise 45 million dollars to enhance the Colleges’ resources.

The week of activities will also include

  1. Creative Conversations via Facebook and Electric Boogie – our Women’s’ day celebration on March 8th
  2. SAMH Celebrating Research in the Arts Day – Wednesday March 9
  3. Gender and Development Lecture under the theme ‘Gendered Perspective of the Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable SMEs in Jamaica’ with keynote speaker Professor Rosalea Hamilton, CEO, Lasco Chin Foundation – Thursday March 10.
  4. Coffee Morning on Friday March 11 with Dr.Amina Blackwood Meeks.

The public is invited to tune in to @EdnamanleyCollege on Facebook and Instagram and @Edna Manley College EMCVPA on YouTube to 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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