MAGIC TOUCH: The Mask by Justin Williams, age 8.
On June 22, the National Gallery of Jamaica will unveil the second edition of its Art'iT, an exhibition featuring a selection of works by the kids who participate in the gallery's Saturday Art Time Programme, started in 2009 with the aim of developing the visual communication and art production skills of its young participants.
"The kids are very excited because they look forward to opportunities like these to let others see their work," says programme coordinator Monique Barnett Davidson. "It's always an exciting time for us."
Hosting the Saturday Art Time Programme, Barnett Davidson explains, is also in keeping with gallery's commitment to fostering art appreciation among Jamaican youth. "It speaks to our mission to educating Jamaicans and regularly interfacing with the public," she tells TALLAWAH. "And a great deal of the visitors to the gallery are under 18."
The free-to-the-public exhibit, opening next Saturday (through July 12), will be on view at the Information Centre of the Urban Development Commission (UDC) at 12 Ocean Boulevard.