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COLLEGIATE Volume 3 : Issue 1 August - September 2015


Welcomes New Board Chair Audrey Tugwell Henry

New Board of Management Appointment

REX NETTLEFORD ARTS CONFERENCE 2015 Growing the Arts : Breaking the boundaries 1 Creative Yard New Arts Managers from the School of Arts Management Anna Mariah Our Rising Star

l a i r o t i d E wayside. Let me use this opportunity to welcome all new students to the first and only institution of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean – the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. It is simply the best place to be this side of the azures and I urge you to take advantage of being in a space with other artists/es and learn, share and collaborate with them to enhance your own art.


Photograph by Mark Samuels

I absolutely love the start of a new year, it feels like a new beginning and like all new beginnings, it is an opportunity for renewal. For returning students, you can renew your commitment to be excellent in all your studies and start a new journey if somehow you fell along the

This year we will be staging the third Rex Nettleford Arts Conference and invite you to register now for early bird discounts as the sessions will definitely stimulate your minds. To all our regular readers, including colleagues in government, universities and corporate Jamaica, thank you for always supporting the Arts and we look forward to seeing

you on our campus this year as we showcase some amazing talent and research in the arts beginning with the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference October 14-17, 2015 which closes with a concert – “Water the Roots” featuring alumni from all our performing arts schools on the 17th. Enjoy our first issue of the Collegiate for the 2015/2016 school year and we urge you to actively participate by sending us your photos, articles or suggestions to marketing@emc. One love Coleen Douglas Marketing/Public Relations Manager, EMCVPA

k s e D l’s a p i c n Pri e h t From of national, regional and global transformation in the arts. One of the major achievements toward the 2015/2016 Academic Year is the completion of our 20152020 Strategic Plan. This Plan was developed in collaboration with several internal and external stakeholders, and represents a combined vision for the progression of the College over the next five


Dear EMCVPA Family and Friends, As the College commences the Academic Year 2015/2016, we are emboldened and challenged to embrace the various transformation and developments that will take place over the next year and beyond. I would like to therefore extend a warm welcome to new and returning students, faculty, staff, friends and supporters of the EMCVPA, as we work together to achieve both our personal, College and National goals. National Hero, the Right Excellent Norman Manley stated, “There is a tremendous difference between living in a place and belonging to it, and feeling that your own life and destiny is bound up in the life and destiny of that place.” EMCVPA is such a place, where belonging is not an option if we are to be the change we want to experience in arts and culture. It is this belonging that will make a difference in how we reposition our self for the purpose

years. I want to highlight that the Strategic Plan stands on six Pillars of Development, namely, Human Capacity and Talent Development; Infrastructure and Equipment; Stakeholder Engagement, Partnerships and Scholarships; Creation of Centre for Excellence and Innovation in Continuing Education for Cultural and Creative Industries; Building Responsiveness, Accountability and Quality Communication and Embracing Business and Creative Enterprise Initiatives. These Pillars are deliberately considered and expanded to include strategies and tasks for the growth and developmental of all the areas of the College. The success of the Strategic Plan and the subsequent operational plans for the various Schools and Departments depend on the active collaboration of all our stakeholders, including you. I therefore invite you to peruse a copy of the College’s Strategic Plan, and ascertain how you can contribute to its success. As we embark on the Strategic Plan and other exciting developments over the next academic year

including, the third staging of the biennial Rex Nettleford Arts Conference, October 14-17, 2015 clinching with an exciting staging of the College’s major fundraiser Water the Roots; the establishment of a gift shop on campus; and the College’s undertaking of writing a national Grades 7-9 Dance Curriculum among other curricula and programmes to target youths, the guidance of the strategic plan and the Board of Management will anchor our efforts. I look forward to the continued efforts of our Board of Management, the Arts Foundation of the Edna Manley College—led by Mrs. Patricia Ramsay, Chair—in assisting the institution in achieving its strategic objectives; and the Alumni Association—re-launched in March 2015 and led by Dr. Coretta BrownJohnson, President—in providing opportunities for alumni to reconnect and reclaim their sense of belonging with the institution. I am enthused by the sense of renewal for the College and the many exciting projects that are being undertaken. I hope you will join me in this exciting and realizing vision, as we work towards the further development of the premiere arts institution in the Englishspeaking Cariibbean. Let us belong here and make our own life and destiny become the life and destiny of the EMCVPA—a vision fulfilled. Sincerely Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson Principal EMCVPA




Second Row: (left to right) Shamar Bruce, President Students Council Howard Taylor Kenneth Salmon Charmaine Thompson Patrick Waldemar Claudia Woo Chin Sheena Brown- Johnson Seated Left: Dep. Chair Lady Rheima Hall Chair , Audrey Tugwell Henry Principal , Nicholeen Degrasse - Johnson Back Row : Horace Prince Georgette Willshire Melenie Subretie Dr. Felicia Marshall Dr. Sonjah Stonley Niahh Keino Senior




Audrey Tugwell Henry joins the EMCVPA team as Chairman Board of Management


Meet our new Board Chairman Mrs. Audrey Tugwell Henry. Audrey Tugwell Henry is currently the Senior General Manager, Retail Banking Division. As Head of the Retail Banking Division she has responsibility for the retail branch network, Private Banking and the Remittance subsidiaries of the Bank. Her banking career started in January 1987 as a teller at the Mutual Security Bank in Montego Bay. She holds a BSc. Degree in Management Studies and MBA from Mona School of Business. She is a trained teacher and completed teacher training at Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville and taught English Language, English Literature and Physical Education at the Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay. She sits on the Boards of National Commercial Bank Insurance Company, National Commercial Bank UK Remittance Company, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Remittance Company and J.E.T.S., Limited. Audrey is married and has two children.


1 Creative Yaad The New Arts Managers Management company-“1 Creative Yaad”.


The Arts Management programme at the EMCVPA provides students with opportunities to engage in practical training as they learn the theoretical structures supporting this area of study. As part of the BA in Arts Management at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, students are given the opportunity to manage a student run, faculty supervised Arts

According to Simone Harris, Lecturer in the School of Arts Management who conceptualized 1 Creative Yaad, “the students love it…this is the going to become the heartbeat of the Arts Management programme! They get a chance to work closely with industry professionals, expand their network, engage in practical training, seminars, demonstrations, and take on clients which helps them to develop the skills to succeed in today’s complex arts environment”. 1 Creative Yaad began in January 2013 and has worked on a number of projects to date, including the “Arts in the Park” music series organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, The Philip

Sherlock Centre 5th annual Dance Umbrella Festival and Danceworks’ 2013 season of dance. The aim is to equip students with additional training and enhanced practical experience in areas such as media and event production, marketing, and project management. This will provide them with a competitive advantage at the end of their programme. The 1 Creative Yaad team selects a specific number of projects (on and off campus) each school year and meet once per week to organize and execute plans. The team works with their clients to research, plan, analyse, and execute strategies that will ensure the effective outcome of the project.


The Vine features


You may have noticed her in the popular Digicel Rising Stars Competition showing off her superb training and the talents at the EMCVPA with her outstanding designs, choreographer and beautiful voice. She is a final year School of Music Student majoring in Jazz and Popular Music Studies and a good student too who

has copped two scholarships this year! Burger King Scholarship of J$100,000 and the Jamaica American Friends Association - Angella Harvey Scholarship Foundation J$150,000.00 She credits her appearance to

former Fashion Design student Macheda Pryce and her stylist Shamar Bruce a final year student in the School of Dance. Congratulations Anna, you are already a winner in our eyes.


October School of Drama Production Jane & Louisa will soon come Home Written by : Erna Brodber Directed by : Carolyn Allen October 16 – 18 & 23 – 25


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