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National Cultural Foundation press releases 2004

Fellowships at John F. Kennedy Center
Junior Monarch impresses Trinbago crowd
Poui Launch
Organising the Migration
Background to Panama Canal

Fellowships at John F. Kennedy Center

Article Posted: Mar 10, 2004

The National Cultural Foundation would like to advise that applicants are being sought for the 2004 – 2005 Vilar Fellowship in Arts Management Program at the Kennedy Center. The application deadline is April 1, 2004. This ten-month program (September 2004 – June 2005) includes extensive coursework in contemporary business practices and practical management experience through the lens of planning, presenting, and producing performing arts programming at an internationally recognized arts institution.

Fellows develop skills in working effectively with elected officials, business and community leaders, and fellow arts professionals. The program emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, strategic planning, internationalism, and commitment to technologies. Course cover management, planning, technology, fundraising, financial, and quantitative and communication skills within the context of arts and non-profit organizations.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate knowledge of an artistic discipline(s), an aptitude for management skills, proven organizational and communication skills, maturity and confidence, and the ability to work independently, as well with diverse groups. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the arts or a related discipline and at least four years of professional administrative experience working with a performing arts organization, or more than five years experience performing with a professional arts company (theater, dance, music) is required.

Junior Monarch impresses Trinbago crowd

Article Posted: Mar 08, 2004

Shelly ‘Baby Doll’ Cummins did Barbados proud recently with her outstanding performance of her winning calypso ‘It ain’t fair’ when she was a guest at the recent Trinidad and Tobago Junior Monarch Competition which was held at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) enjoy a reciprocal arrangement, whereby the reigning Junior Monarchs make guest appearances at each country’s competition. Last year the reigning Trinidad & Tobago Junior Monarch, Sheynenne Hazell performed at the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch Competition.

Shelly, the Junior Monarch in the 13-18 age group said the experience was an educational one for her – having had the opportunity to visit the TUCO office, attend the Calypso Fiesta (Calypso Monarch semi-finals) at Skinner Park, San Fernando and observe the St. James Kiddies Carnival.

‘Baby Doll’ was accompanied by one of the NCF’s Festival and Events Planners, Gayle Headley, who noted of the assignment that, “Trinidad and Tobago was as always a refreshing experience. Seeing the hundreds of school children come out to support their mates was encouraging and the standard of the competition was exceptionally high. The exercise can only benefit our Junior Monarch.”


Article Posted: Mar 08, 2004

The Editors of Poui: Cave Hill Literary Annual, are pleased to announce the launch of Issue No 5: 2004 on Monday 15 March at 4 pm, in the Humanities Courtyard, Cave Hill. The launch will feature readings by contributors to the issue, and by Trinidadian writer, Lawrence Scott, who is a special guest at the occasion. Winner of the Commonwealth Prize for his novel, Witchbroom, Mr Scott will be reading from his novel, Night Calypso. All writers, readers and other interested people are warmly invited to attend and share in the literary feast and refreshments.
Workshops for Culinary Artists
Article Posted: Mar 08, 2004
Culinary artists will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and then show off the fruits of their labour, when the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) hosts four zonal workshops, each culminating in mini competitions and exhibitions. The fourth workshop in the Central Zone will culminate in the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts Exhibition and Competition held annually at the Dining Club, Manor Lodge, St. Michael.

The mini competitions will take the same general format as the NIFCA Culinary Arts exhibition and competition but on a smaller scale.

The course outline will feature a mixture of both theory and practical work based on: General Food Preparation, Bajan Treats and Sweets and Recipe Formulation conducted by Head Tutor Marion Hart; Batters and Doughs – Pastries to be taught by Tony Simpson; Beverages- Alcoholic Non-alcoholic by tutor Malcolm Wood; Bajan Cooking the Vegetarian Way by Oneka Small and Marion Hart and Plate Presentation and Formulation to be conducted by Peter Edey.
Culinary artists in the Northern Zone – the parishes of St. Lucy, St. Peter, St. Andrew, St. James, St. Joseph and St. Thomas - will benefit from the first workshop scheduled to begin on every Saturday from March 13 – April 24 at the Vocational Training Board, All Saints, St. Peter.

The competition day for participants is May 1st.
Registration forms are available at the NCF and deadline for registration is March 12, 2004. Spaces for the workshops are limited. For further information interested persons can contact Oneka Small at 421-6196 or Andrea Jones at the NCF at 424-0909 or via email at:

Organising the Migration’

Article Posted: Mar 03, 2004

The 2004 Bridgetown Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, March 09, at Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, St. Michael at 8:00 p.m. The featured speaker for the evening will be Bonham Richardson, Professor Emeritus of Geography at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, whose Ph. D is from the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Richardson lived in Barbados during the period 1981-82 while he was gathering information for Panama Money in Barbados, 1900-1920. The speaker for the occasion is Dr. Trevor Carmichael.
In an abstract from his lecture Professor Richardson notes that, “Roughly 45, 000 Barbadians – one-quarter of the island’s population – migrated to the Panama Canal between 1905 and 1914. About 20,000 men signed contracts at the US Isthmian Canal Commission office in Bridgetown; the other 25,000 men and women paid their own passages. The earliest recruiting was difficult but the success of those who travelled to Panama and sent or brought money home soon inspired others to go. Within months the term “craze” and “frenzy” swept through Bridgetown and the rural tenantries, inspiring more travel to Panama. The peak migration year was 1906 when more than 6,500 contract labourers went to Panama.

The Bridgetown lectures, which run May 18, 2004, are being jointly hosted by the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.

Background to Panama Canal

Article Posted: Feb 18, 2004

The 2004 Bridgetown Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 in the Grande Salle of the Central Bank at 8:00 p.m. The featured speaker for the evening will be Dr. Henderson Carter, Head of the History Department (A.G.) at Queen’s College who teaches History and Caribbean Studies. In addition, he is a part-time Lecturer in History at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. Dr. Carter will lecture on the topic: Background to Panama Canal Migration.

In an abstract from his lecture Dr. Carter notes that, “Between 1904 and 1914, an estimated 60,000 Barbadians chose to migrate to the Canal Zone where they found employment opportunities under the Isthmian Canal Commission. This was by far the greatest single movement of Barbadian workers in the first half of the twentieth century.

He further adds that, “In examining the background to this migration, the lecture locates the movement within the context of an oppressive and exclusionary socio-political order created during slavery and refashioned by restrictive legislative instruments after 1838. Moreover, the persistence of the planter-merchant oligarchy with an economic framework dependent on sugar monoculture combined to produce an expanding poverty. Furthermore, a strident culture of resistance, illustrated by withdrawal from the plantation labour, labour riots and rural-urban migration provides the context in which this Panama migration might be analysed.”

The Bridgetown lectures, which run May 18, 2004, are being jointly hosted by the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.


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