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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

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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

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The Collegiate Vol. 3: Issue 1 August-September 2015  

August - September Collegiate welcomes New School year...New Board of Management

The Collegiate Vol. 3: Issue 1 August-September 2015  

August - September Collegiate welcomes New School year...New Board of Management