The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination continues to host young people ages 11 to 18 years in its annual Summer Arts Programme, Imagine Youth, under the theme “What is Your Imagination”.
The camp ran from July 8 to August 10, and parents and friends can look forward to the Grand Finale this Saturday August 10 at 6:30 p.m. at its Walcott Warner Theatre.
This annual programme engages young people who have an interest and show prowess in the genres of dance, film, and theatre. This specialised summer programme is an outreach project of the EBCCI, designed to incubate the arts in our young people, presenting outlets to hone their talents, opening our doors to the general public, as well as facilitating artists, artists in training and academics, the opportunity to share their know how with open minds.
This summer outreach project also provides an opportunity for UWI students to share their knowledge with young peers and fraternise with academics and artistes in their respective fields of interest.
This arts-in-education programme is now in its seventh year and is aimed to be the first step in the creation of a youth oriented arts collective, providing a continued outlet for young artists from adolescent to young adult.
Director of the EBCCI, Professor Gladstone Yearwood, who conceptualised the programme, sees it as “a delight each summer when we at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination open our doors to the region’s young artists”.
“We share in their aspirations; watch daily their creativity in a fun and safe environment; spearhead their meeting of leading practitioners and strategically encourage new camaraderie with other talented young artists,” Best said.
“This imaginative, excited and inspiring young collective is Imagine Youth.”
This weekend’s showcase will feature the play The Colour of Truth, written by NIFCA award-winning actor and student of the BFA programme, Neil Waithe, and co-directed by another award-winning thespian and student Nakita Holder; choreographies in Modern, Contemporary, Caribbean Folk, to name a few, by the award-winning Olivia Hall also a BFA student, Stacy Johnson and Keisha Amory, guest choreographers. This year’s film cohort will not only showcase their filmmaking skills, but skills in animation, a new component of the Summer Arts Programme.