Talk on Pur­pose be­gins at Edna Man­ley

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Michael Reckord Gleaner Writer

Black­wood Meeks starts se­ries as col­lege or­a­tor

EMCVPA prin­ci­pal Dr Ni­c­holeen DeGrasse-Johnson (left) presents a gift to Prof Mau­reen Warner-Lewis af­ter she spoke at the col­lege’s first Talk on Pur­pose re­cently.

FRESH TO the new post of Col­lege Or­a­tor of the Edna Man­ley Col­lege of the Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts (EMCVPA), Amina Black­wood Meeks re­cently launched a dis­cus­sion se­ries on the role and func­tion of the arts in Ja­maica, which she hopes will in­flu­ence national de­vel­op­ment. Dubbed (He) Art of the Mat­ter: Talk on Pur­pose, Black­wood Meeks said the talks will take place “at least twice per se­mes­ter”. The well­known sto­ry­teller and for­mer di­rec­tor of Cul­ture in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion said they are de­signed “to fa­cil­i­tate an ex­change of ideas be­tween stu­dents and lead­ers of the cre­ative and cul­tural in­dus­tries and their coun­ter­parts in busi­ness and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment”. Their am­bi­tious pur­pose is “to in­crease the gen­eral un­der­stand­ing of what con­sti­tutes the arts and their impact on per­sonal and national well-be­ing”. Black­wood Meeks hopes the talks will fa­cil­i­tate EMCVPA

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Peta-Gay presents a fish fry and birth­day party called Beat and Teach at 19 Cas­sava Piece. Menu: steamed fish, fried fish, lobster, fes­ti­val and more. Mu­sic by Chucky Four Star. Tick­ets: $1,200 and $1,500.

Dan-Tay Pro­duc­tions presents Break­ing the Ice at Rocky Place, 87 Molynes Rd, Kingston 10. Mu­sic by Mega Tone, Snippa Kid.

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This and ev­ery Fri­day, NK Deli and Salsa So­ci­ety of Ja­maica present Pre-Game Fri­days, 2-4-1 Happy Hour, at New Kingston Con­fer­ence Cen­tre (up­stairs New Kingston Busi­ness Cen­tre). Free salsa classes at 6 p.m. Latin danc­ing con­tin­ues un­til 10 p.m. Mu­sic by DJ Drizzy Dre & DJ Chan. Tele­phone: 754-8714.

This and ev­ery Fri­day Jackpot Sports Bar presents Come Drink with Me at 42 Gil­tress Street, Rolling­ton Town, Kgn 2. Ev­ery Fri and Sat, re­duced prices on all drinks, lots of give­aways, and free to­kens to play slots.

MICHAEL RECKORD PHOTO

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