Farm to Ta­ble serves up food, art and good­will

Jamaica Gleaner - - ARTS & EDUCATION - Paul H. Wil­liams Con­trib­u­tor

TEN THOUSAND dol­lars was what pa­trons paid to par­tic­i­pate in Farm to Ta­ble, held at Or­ange Hall Es­tates in St Ann on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6. This is much money by many stan­dards, but it was not so much for the vast ar­ray of food and drinks that was there for the tak­ing. It was for char­ity.

Un­der the theme of food, art, and good­will, the event, in its sec­ond year, was a fundraiser for the Ce­cil Boswell Facey (CBF) Foun­da­tion, chaired by Stephen Facey, and started in 1984 by Mau­rice Facey, the son of Ce­cil, to raise money for the arts, ed­u­ca­tion, and the en­vi­ron­ment. Ce­cil Facey pro­vided the seed funds for the Pan-Ja­maica In­vest­ment Trust Lim­ited.

The now annual event, Farm to Ta­ble, raises funds for the three ar­eas of fo­cus, and the pro­ceeds from this year’s pro­duc­tion go to Boys’ Town In­fant and Pri­mary School, which is the foun­da­tion’s in­sti­tu­tional part­ner.

A MODEL SCHOOL

And in speak­ing with Arts and Ed­u­ca­tion, Brit­tany Singh Wil­liams, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the foun­da­tion, said the foun­da­tion wants to trans­form the Kingston in­ner-city in­sti­tu­tion into a model school through a pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship.

One of the foun­da­tion’s mis­sions is to fund arts pro­grammes in pri­mary schools, where there is lit­tle or no pub­lic-sec­tor sup­port, ac­cord­ing to Wil­liams. “So, what we’ve done in Or­ange Hall and Boys’ Town is to pro­vide an arts pro­gramme,” Wil­liams said.

Much of the art­work done by stu­dents in this year’s sum­mer pro­gramme at Or­ange Hall, in ad­di­tion to pieces done by Laura Facey-Cooper and oth­ers, were on dis­play on Sun­day. Some were auc­tioned. “I think it’s fab­u­lous and ev­ery child has a story to tell ... and through art­work, that’s how they (some­times) com­mu­ni­cate their feel­ings,” was Wil­liams’s re­sponse when asked to give an im­pres­sion of the chil­dren’s work on show.

ART­WORK AUC­TIONED

And Arts and Ed­u­ca­tion got the chance to speak with Al­jarno Camp­bell, whose art­work, Ra­di­ant Earth, was used as part of the de­sign of the ticket for the event. Af­ter his planet earth piece was auc­tioned for US$140, Camp­bell was in­tro­duced to the gath­er­ing by Facey-Cooper, who is the con­cep­tu­aliser of the event. Camp­bell, who lives in Union and at­tends Ex­change All-Age School in St Ann, par­tic­i­pated in this year’s sum­mer pro­gramme.

In as­sess­ing the out­come of the event, Wil­liams said it was a ‘’lovely vibe” and that it raised aware­ness of the plans for Boys’ Town and the needs within our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, “and it shows how art can re­ally bring peo­ple to­gether”.

For Facey-Cooper, it was “a won­der­ful day”, and she thanked “all the peo­ple who have been so gen­er­ous”.

The eter­nal Jolly Boys were part of the of­fer­ings at Farm To Ta­ble on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6.

One of the gi­ant ‘teeth’ on dis­play at Farm to Ta­ble 2016.

PHO­TOS BY PAUL WIL­LIAMS

Eight-year-old Al­jarno Camp­bell of Union, St Ann, shows his art­work called ‘Ra­di­ant Earth’. It was auc­tioned for US$140 on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6.

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