Tuesday, 17 March 2015

ON THE TOWN: TALLAWAH stars in the mix at Grace Kennedy Lecture, JCDC Art opening, and the NHF's Wellness Fest

MAGIC MOMENT: The Jamaica Conference Centre in Downtown Kingston is playing host to the JCDC's National Visual Arts Exhibition throughout the month of March, with days set aside for a raft of activities aimed at drawing art lovers and regular folks from all sections of the island. On Sunday, Youth and Culture minister Lisa Hanna, a vision in bright blue, joined JCDC Chairman Aston Cooke and reigning national festival queen Anjell Bryan for a ribbon-cutting exercise to mark the official opening of the exhibition. 

BLUE NOTES: New Kingston's Pegasus Hotel was the setting for the 2015 Grace Kennedy Foundation Lecture, presented by university lecturer and author Michael A. Taylor, who spoke on the theme "Why Climate Demands Change." The March 10 event drew a capacity crowd that included scores of high-schoolers and notable members of the Grace family, like communications director Simone Clarke-Cooper and foundation director Philip Alexander, seen here in conversation. 

TASTE AND SEE: At Hope Road's Police Officers' Club on Saturday, the National Health Fund's Wellness festival lived up to expectations with the commencement of the 5 Star Health Fitness Challenge for Men, a day-long series of fun fitness challenges, free health checks for patrons and plenty of food demonstrations featuring the expertise of culinary stars like Stacy Aiken, right, ("Cook with less salt," she preaches), seen here with the day's emcee Shermaine Robotham

ART AND LIFE: A swell mix of distinguished Jamaicans and fine-art aficionados recently came together for the opening of "Into the Sun," a retrospective art show honouring the life and legacy of the late Mother of Jamaican art, Edna Manley. Ahead of giving TALLAWAH details on the genesis of the exhibit, curator and art history lecturer Dr. Petrina Dacres (right) shared a light moment with Hope Brooks, who sits on the board of the Edna Manley Foundation. 

HELPING HAND: Over at Creighton Hall in St. Thomas, PM Portia Simpson-Miller (right) brought cheer to the community on March 6, as she presented over 50 residents with letters of possession for their newly acquired lots secured through a National Housing Trust programme centred on developing a 60-acre expanse of land to provide homes for residents. Above, Donna Chippie is all smiles as she accepts her letter from the prime minister.

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