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St. Andrew High School’s Museum to celebrate International Museum Day “Museums (memory + creativity) = Social Change” Traditionally International Museum Day (IMD) is observed worldwide around May 18th each year to celebrate the critical role that museums play in preserving and displaying cultural and historical legacies. In observance of this year’s IMD, the St. Andrew High School (SAHS) Museum will unfurl Girls Playing, a rare Edna Manley sketch, on May 17th, to 'kick start' a day of activities in Kingston. Reflecting on the theme of this year’s IMD, “Museums (memory + creativity) = Social Change,” Director General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Julien Anfruns said, “Reconciling their traditional mission of preservation with cultivation of the creativity necessary for renewal and visitor growth is the evolution that museums are striving for, with the firm conviction that their presence and their actions can change society in a constructive manner.” Weaving together the spirit of the IMD theme and the SAHS Museum mission—Heritage, Creativity, and Giving-‐-‐Girls Playing aptly embodies the complex balance that museums must find in merging tradition and innovation for the benefit and enjoyment of the wider community. Produced by Manley circa 1963 and given as a gift to former SAHS Principal, Mary Dawson—headmistress at the time when Rachel Manley, Edna’s grand-‐daughter, attended the school—the sketch has since been meticulously digitized by key partner iPrint Digital and will be exhibited on outdoor pole banners, extending the museums reach and visibility beyond its doors into the community.
Credit: Edna Manley/iPrint Digital Ltd As part of the celebratory activities, notable SAHS alumnae, including the French and Ammar families— having as many as two and four generations of SAHS women, respectively, will make special presentations. Rounding off the celebrations will be a performance from iCandy, international recording artiste, and songwriter and SAHS alumna. Susie’s Bakery, a kind partner, will provide refreshments and also grant summer internship opportunities to St. Andrew High School students.
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Mrs. Margaret Reckord Bernal, the SAHS Museum curator, notes: “Collaboration and networking are key elements in nurturing artistic vision and we treasure the spirit of giving that which is critical to sustaining museums like ours. Special networking will continue as the Museum explores other relationships and themes, which highlight artistic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of “Life More Abundant” people. Established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Museums Day aims to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Its momentum has risen unabated ever since. In 2012, IMD garnered record-‐breaking participation with almost 32,000 museums hosting events in more than 129 countries. “Museum collections make connexions” will be the 2014 IMD theme. The St. Andrew High School (SAHS) Museum in short Created in April 2011 and named for a beloved school administrator who retired after 42 years of service, the Emrie James Museum is the island’s first ever purpose-‐built museum, in any school. Jamaican heritage, the School and its history of “Life More Abundant” women in all spheres including sports, the arts and in academia, are celebrated. Mrs. Margaret Reckord Bernal (a cultural arts specialist, poet and an alumna) serves as its curator. Treasured school memorabilia and creative works from notable writers and artists are exhibited. The quiet, museum garden facility is Wi-‐Fi connected and situated at St. Andrew High School (SAHS) at 10 Cecelio Avenue, Kingston 10 and is open to the public weekdays, by appointments. Press Contact: Margaret Reckord Bernal -‐ 299-‐6535 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: sahs.edu.jm/emriejamesmuseum Social Media: facebook.com/sahs.museum and Twitter: @sahsmuseum
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