On Friday, January 22 it was time for Allman Town Primary to say Thanks to over 30 members of the creative industry. The artists and artistes and others were helping the OAaSIS International foundation, in presenting a creative workshop series from January 13 -22 at the school. Each day there was a motivator, a workshop and a project to help the children better understand and use their creative power in life. The overall title of the series was “the Critical Role and Impact of the Arts’.
Subtopics included Art Productions and Being creative in life. The students were very enthusiastic and did everything they could not to be sent out of the sessions.
The popular sessions were by Farenheit, Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band, Jermaine Gordon, Peter Lloyd, Melhanie Spence, Reiko Nagase, Colonel Derby and of course the Kemarch “Wizad the Magician” Dodd.
Volunteer student reporters from grade 4, spoke on behalf of all the young participants.
Firstly, Samantha Vassell reported that Peter Lloyd told the children, that “they were important as kings and queens, and that they were to get a good education, acquire skills, and focus regardless, as there is nothing, nothing that they can’t do.” Kingston Container accountant Jermaine Gordon taught the children songs, how to make up songs, and played keyboards, she said. Kymani Thompson who was happy to learn about Careers in the Creative Industry, loved Farenheit and, Jermaine Gordon who both had many skills.
Geovanni Bonito wants to be a magician after watching Kemarch “Wizad the Magician.”
Principal Kandi-lee Crooks-Smith who thanked everybody said her heart was full as OAaSIS was the only group who physically responded to her many requests for help.
The children’s portable mural “Colour Harmony” was given to the Bank of Jamaica’s Sandra Moodie and Ellan Neil. The magician made a dove fly away from a painting. At the end of the day, artistes Sophia Brown, Cecile, Chris Martin and Iyah Shine spoke of their art, the importance of getting an education and also understanding their skills, and performed songs.
Donald Oliver who won the PM award for excellence was among those, to get a certificate of recognition for achieving with his creative expressions.
(Whistling Frog (Sebastian Ogden), Howard Moo Young (master at graphic design and photography, Print Xpress, Hot off the Press, Berger Paint, Burger King, Videographer Robin Chin, owner of Enhanced Realizm Studios and his team, Xclusiv Entertainment, Paralegal Dwane Forbes)
Jamaica’s OAaSIS International Foundation launches creative workshop series
DAY 1: Jamaican artistes, artists ignite young minds
DAY 2: New creative depth for students through creative series
DAY 3: Colonel Derby, Peter Lloyd, artists time out for children
DAY SIX(6): Creative workshop series end with Solid performances
DAY 6: Starry end to inaugural OAaSIS Fdn’s creative workshop series
DAY 6: Allman Town Primary thanks over 30 artists, artistes for creative workshop series
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