Jamaica News, Montego Bay: On July 21 and 22 the Montego Bay Fine Arts Festival Limited will be hosting its annual Fine Arts Festival on the grounds of Scotiabank Fairview, Montego Bay, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily. The theme for the two-day event is “Celebrating our Greatness” and aptly reminds us of the many great contributions that Jamaica and, in particular, Jamaican arts and culture continues to add to the collective culture of humanity. “Our paintings, sculptures, music and dance (to name a few) offers a vibrant tapestry of creative genius and stands tall among many on the planet.” said Oral Fernandez, Managing Director of the Montego Bay Fine Arts Festival Limited.
This free event features nationally recognized artists and emerging, local creators. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to shop the work of 35 artists and makers who work with an array of mediums from paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography, watercolour, and mixed media.
According to Mr. Fernandez “Arts and Culture form the core of a people’s being and is the essence of their existence. When we talk about the value of arts and culture, we should always start with the intrinsic – how arts and culture illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. Life without the collective resources of our libraries, museums, theatres and galleries, or without the personal expression of literature, music, paintings and sculptures, would be static and sterile. The role of Arts and Culture as catalysts to progressive multiculturalism is gaining more recognition. It is undeniable that we are affected by our environment — our geographical environment as well as, the people we come into contact with on a regular basis (our family, neighbours, teachers, friends, and classmates) all contribute to the formulation of our own particular psyche.”
The Fine Arts Festival will not just showcase the best in Jamaican fine art but will also foster dialogue between communities within the city of Montego Bay and give opportunity for visitors to our shore to interact with the broader community thereby supporting Jamaica’s efforts to enhance community tourism.
Mr. Fernandez further stated that “There are many international studies that speak to the benefits of engaging in some artist endeavour. The studies indicate that:
– Those who had attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months were almost 60 percent more likely to report good health compared to those who had not, and theatre-goers were almost 25 percent more likely to report good health.
– High-school students who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer as those who don’t engage in the arts and are 20 percent more likely to vote as young adults.
– Employability of students who study arts subjects is higher and they are more likely to stay in employment
– Students from low-income families who take part in arts activities at school are three times more likely to get a degree than children from low-income families who do not engage in arts activities at school.”
The Fine Arts Festival 2018 is a family event and entry to the event is free. There will be lots of live entertainment, games for the children, painting lessons and free Wi-Fi service. The event is sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Scotiabank, Document Solutions & More, Guardsman Group, Sarifa Insurance Brokers, Noble WiFi, Expression Art and Framing, Rastafari Indigenous Village and Bob Arts TV.
For more information contact the Montego Bay Fine Arts Festival Limited:
876 293 5477
876 475 1111
876 571 7962
email: [email protected]