Tuesday, 16 July 2013

CULTURE INSIDER: New Jamaica 50 museums opening islandwide + Nominations now open for 2013 AMCHAM Leadership awards

PIECES OF THE PAST: In the run-up to next month's Independence celebrations, a series of new museums are being opened across the island, a wonderfully strategic move that forms part of the culmination of the Jamaica 50 celebrations, which began early last year. Roxborough in Manchester and the Seville Great House in St. Ann hosted recent openings and exhibition launches. Yet another, at a site to be disclosed, is planned for July 21 and will serve as "a national museum for the people of Jamaica," according to culture minister Lisa Hanna, who joined her Opposition colleague Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, MP Shahine Robinson and Spain's Ambassador to Jamaica, Celsa Nuño, at Friday's ribbon-cutting at Seville -- a venture jointly funded by the Spanish Jamaica Foundation and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF). 

IN SERVICE: The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Jamaica is now accepting nominations for its 4th Annual Business and Civic Leadership Awards, which celebrates and encourages philanthropy and social responsibility across the island. Awards are given out each year in the categories of corporate social responsibility, civic leadership, and arts and culture. "These awards are designed to recognize those extraordinary people, businesses and organizations that are currently engaged, and who have in the recent past, accomplished extraordinary things in Jamaica," notes AMCHAM Jamaica's Executive Director Becky Stockhausen (left). Past awardees include Pat Ramsay (right), Chain of Hope Jamaica, Columbus Communications (Flow), and the Fab 5 band. Lady Rheima Hall will chair this year's judging panel. The awards gala is set for September 24 at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston. For nomination forms, click HERE.

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