Edna Man­ley Col­lege marks 40 years

Jamaica Gleaner - - 24/7 Twist -

THE EDNA Man­ley Col­lege of the Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts cel­e­brates four decades this year un­der the theme: ‘In­spir­ing Cre­ativ­ity, Im­pact­ing Lives’. It re­mains the only col­lege of its kind in the English-speak­ing Caribbean and con­tin­ues to of­fer world-class ed­u­ca­tion in the arts.

A num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als started pro­grammes in both the vis­ual and per­form­ing arts, which even­tu­ally led to the cre­ation of the Schools of Dance, Drama, Mu­sic and Vis­ual Arts at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Kingston. Forty years ago, in 1976, all four schools were brought to­gether and be­came a full-time ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion un­der the aegis of the Cul­tural Train­ing Cen­tre (CTC), an arm of the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica (IOJ).

Later de­vel­op­ments saw the col­lege be­ing recog­nised as the In­ter-Amer­i­can Cen­tre for Caribbean Cul­tural Devel­op­ment, be­com­ing a re­gional cul­tural re­source in­sti­tu­tion by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Amer­i­can States. The col­lege con­tin­ued to evolve and was later re­named the Edna Man­ley Col­lege of the Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts in 1995 in hon­our of the late Edna Man­ley, OM.

SIG­NIF­I­CANT MILE­STONE

This year marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the col­lege’s his­tory, and to com­mem­o­rate this achieve­ment, there will be a se­ries of cel­e­bra­tory ac­tiv­i­ties com­menc­ing Oc­to­ber 9, to cul­mi­nate with the Rex Net­tle­ford Arts Con­fer­ence Oc­to­ber 2017. One of the ob­jec­tives is to high­light the in­sti­tu­tion’s de­vel­op­ments over the pe­riod and raise pub­lic aware­ness of the rel­e­vance of an in­sti­tu­tion of this kind in the Caribbean.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, there will be a fac­ulty dance pro­duc­tion dubbed Phys­i­cal Labr­ish: Crit­i­cal Co­her­ence at the School The late Pro­fes­sor Rex Net­tle­ford. Trevor Nairne

of Dance on the col­lege’s Arthur Wint Drive cam­pus. This will be fol­lowed by the stag­ing of Den­nis Scott’s soci-cul­tural play Dog, di­rected by Trevor Nairne, at the School of Drama on Oc­to­ber 14.

Scott was di­rec­tor of stud­ies at the School of Drama in 1976, and Nairne, a grad­u­ate of the School of Drama, was stu­dent­di­rec­tor of Dog in the late 1970s. The play will run Oc­to­ber 14 - 23.

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