Caribbean Heritage Summer Institute

Jamaica Awareness Inc. is set to launch the Caribbean Heritage Summer Institute for children ages 11-18 years old. The Institute will run from June 8 to July 3, 2009 and will be held at the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens.

Sydney Roberts, Executive Director of the non-profit organization notes that the goal of the program is to develop children’s understanding of the cultural heritage of the Caribbean region and the ways in which this heritage has shaped both the local and broader community. “As we look to the future," Roberts states, "it is essential that we work to empower our youth for school and community development."

“ This summer institute is designed to ensure that participants leave with a heightened appreciation for culture and a strong sense of the role they can play in strengthening the development of their community by making a meaningful contribution through the arts.”

Targeting middle to high school youngsters, the Caribbean Heritage Summer Institute is designed to grab their interest through diverse hands on, interactive activities where they will learn new performance skills, finesse existing ones, and move on to present their work to the community in a variety of settings, including the popular Culturama in August.

Dr. Marva McClean, Program Director, will lead a team of educators from local school districts and professionals in the cultural arts in providing the students with a creative and innovative visual and performing arts curriculum over the four week period. All students will participate in five core areas: Caribbean Heritage, Dance & Music, Caribbean Games, Art of the Caribbean, and Celebrations: Carnival & Festivals.

“Our vision is that during the time they are with us, the Institute’s participants will receive an engaging, challenging and relevant community based education which they can use as a springboard for their future development,” asserts Mr. Roberts.

Caribbean Heritage Summer Institute News Release

Phone: 305-405-2712

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