Creative Nassau Vice President, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, addressed the first fall meeting of the Bahamas Historical Society (TBHS) last evening on the topic: "First Rat in the Hole Tail Cover: Roots of Psychocultural Obstacles to National Development". Interested attendees were treated, in 'true true' no-nonsense Glinton-Meicholas fashion, to a fascinating in-depth historical and cultural analysis of how to move our country forward by recognizing and dealing with our many challenges. Glinton-Meicholas began her presentation by referring to the wonderful experiences gained at the recent UNESCO Creative Cities Network meeting in Sweden. The presentation text should be available in the next  TBHS Publication. For more information about the TBHS please check their website at

Glinton-Meicholas (left) with Bahamas Historical Society President, Andrea Major

Glinton-Meicholas (left) with Bahamas Historical Society President, Andrea Major

Patricia Glinton-Meicholas is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the University of Miami. She is an educator, author, poet, cultural critic and avid researcher of Bahamian history, culture and arts. She was the first woman to present the Sir Lynden Pindling Memorial Lecture and the first Bahamian writer to win the Bahamas Cacique Award for Writing.
A veteran educator, Glinton-Meicholas spent an aggregate of 17 years at The College of The Bahamas, where she served variously as a lecturer, divisional head, academic dean, Council Secretary and most recently, Vice President, Communications.
Dedicated to community development, Glinton-Meicholas was a founding member of the Boards of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation. She is founding member of the Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation and Creative Nassau, and a judge of the Templeton Laws of Life Essay Competition.






Creative Nassau President, Pam Burnside and Vice President, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, along with Gevon Moss of the Downtown Nassau Partnership were honoured to represent the City of Nassau at the recent UNESCO Creative Cities Network 10th Annual Meeting in Östersund, Sweden (a UCCN City of Gastronomy) this month. 

CN Mayor, Gevon Moss of the Downtown Nassau Partnership joins Patti and Pam at the Island FM 102.9 Radio Station to talk about their trip to  Ö stersund, Sweden for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network's Xth Annual Meeting

CN Mayor, Gevon Moss of the Downtown Nassau Partnership joins Patti and Pam at the Island FM 102.9 Radio Station to talk about their trip to Östersund, Sweden for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network's Xth Annual Meeting

The UCCN now numbers 116 cities from 54 countries, and the Annual Meeting offers a unique opportunity to strengthen ties between the cities, to dialogue and exchange information, to formulate partnerships, and to determine and implement Network objectives, strategies and operations. The event took place over a period of a jam-packed week of activities which began with a three-day pre-Conference, at the Mid Sweden University which focused on Sustainability. Roland Krebs, Consultant for the IDB's Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) and the Nassau Urban Lab study, joined the team to make a presentation based on the recent plan prepared for the Bahamian government's National Development Plan for Downtown Bay Street and the Grants/Bain Town areas in Nassau, a project that was developed in conjunction with the consultants along with Bahamian stakeholders, civil society groups including Creative Nassau, and architecture students from the University of Vienna and the College of The Bahamas.

The following days were taken up with the UCCN's extensive Meeting Agenda, including several sessions hosted by author, Charles Landry, well known for his various books dealing with the concept of 'Creative Cities', and visits to various venues in the Ostersund and Jamtland areas where delegates were treated to exciting samples of Swedish art, culture, heritage, and gastronomical delights!

Following the UCCN Conference, Pam and Patti traveled to Vienna to visit with Mr Krebs and several of the Vienna University students and also to meet with an urban planning organization that oversees an area of Vienna city, who shared his expertise in the programme.

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held in Enghien les Bains in France.

For more information about the Conference and the UNESCO Creative Cities Network log on to the website




CN executives, Pam Burnside and Patricia Glinton Meicholas, along with CN Market artisan Martine Cleare, took part in an informative Caribbean regional webinar hosted by the OAS office in Washington on July 8, which discussed the reports of a two year grant funding programme in the Craft Sector throughout the Region. Shacara Lightbourne of the IICA office on Village Road kindly hosted the webinar, whilst other CN members logged in online from their respective locations. 




The past week has provided the opportunity for Creative Nassau to be broadcast over the radio airwaves! On  Thursday, May 12 CN President Pam Burnside was a guest of Ed Fields Live talking about "Cultural Protectionism":  

Some would argue that The Bahamas is losing its identity because it does not adequately protect its heritage; its culture. While others would counter by saying it is insular to lock out other influences and that both the old and the new can co-exist.

There is no fiercer warrior than Pam Burnside when it comes to cultural authenticism. On Thursday, Rogan Smith and me find out exactly what that means. Does it allow for us to progress culturally or does it stunt our growth if rigidly adhered to.

whilst Vice President, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas was one of the guests of international broadcaster, Peter Greenberg on Friday, May 13 as he broadcast from Atlantis on Paradise Island.

The following is with kind courtesy from Mr Greenberg's facebook post of that date: 

The Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show broadcasts this week from the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Joining me will be USA TODAY's Gene Sloan on the boom in cruising to Cuba and what it means for other Caribbean cruise destinations. Michael Becker, CEO of GeoSure Global, will discuss the importance of situational and cultural awareness when you travel, and which regions of the world need your undivided attention. Tazia Rutherford, Atlantis' Associate Director of Marine Mammal Operations, talks about the daily challenges of maintaining a habitat that protects all of the resort's marine life and how guests get to interact. Pepin Argamasilla, who runs John Watling's Distillery, Ltd., will discuss the history of rum, and rum running, and how visitors to the Bahamas may be drinking less, but drinking better. Want to know what the purchase of Virgin America by Alaska Air means to you? Scott McCartney, travel editor for The Wall Street Journal, has a few thoughts. Then, stories from Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Bahamian Author of An Evening in Guanima: A Treasury of Folktales from The Bahamas. Alana Rodgers, one of the founders of Hands For Hunger, discusses ways travelers can get involved with their important and essential work every time they visit the Bahamas. Last, but not least, David Singleton, author of the book Crush, talks about how a crush can inspire travel and how that crush leads to many other discoveries around the world. There's all that and more when Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcasts from the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Then on Wednesday, May 18 both Pam and Patti were guests on Island FM 102.9's "Morning Boil" radio show hosted by Eddie and Sannie discussing all manner of things Bahamian!

It has been a busy, and a definitely PR-productive week!




Creative Nassau's Straw Documentary, "Strawcraft of The Bahamas: weaving economic diversity" which showcases the fascinating story of this traditional Bahamian craft, was officially launched on Thursday May 5, 2016 at its home base, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery at #20 Village Road, Nassau, Bahamas.

Written and produced by CN Vice President, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, this 15-minute documentary is another amazing accomplishment for the organization whose mission is to 'celebrate and promote Bahamian Art, Culture & Heritage from the Inside Out'.

Copies of the documentary, in DVD and Blu-ray format, are now available for sale at the Gallery. The following photographs of the evening's event show the interaction with the interested audience before and during the filming and the display of strawcraft from several of the talented straw artisans from the Creative Nassau bi-weekly Market in Pompey Square, Bay Street.

The photographs of the Launch evening are courtesy of CN member and photographer, Rosemary C. Hanna.





Creative Nassau (CN), the not-for-profit organization, which, since 2008, has been turning  new pages in the promotion of Bahamian history, culture and the arts as the keys to economic diversity, has accomplished another first. On Thursday, May 5 at Doongalik Studios, Creative Nassau will launch “Strawcraft in The Bahamas: Weaving economic diversity”, a short video documentary showcasing this unique aspect of Bahamian culture by which many Bahamian families have earned a living for centuries.

The 15-minute film, written and directed by Creative Nassau’s Vice President, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, was produced by CN in conjunction with The Counsellors Limited (TCL) with the sponsorship of The Counsellors Ltd, the Jackson Burnside Library Fund, Arawak Homes Ltd and Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation.

“Creative Nassau’s mission is to demonstrate to our people and the rest of the world that we, as a people and a nation, are more than just “sun, sand and sea”. We have been achieving this  through the promotion of Bahamian history, culture and the arts, with special focus on two aspects of Bahamian tradition— junkanoo arts  and strawcraft, which are distinct features of our African heritage. We see these pursuits as two of the keys to achieving greater economic diversity, through a process that the Inter-American Development Bank has been promoting as the “Orange Economy” which uses creativity as the basis for sustainable development throughout all levels of society.  We have devoted our first documentary to strawcraft, an  industry that has allowed many Bahamian families to rise out of poverty by becoming entrepreneurs and actively contributing to the economic stability and growth of Bahamian society. This tradition, we strongly believe, still has enormous potential to positively impact our economic climate today if we would properly encourage its revival,” said Pam Burnside, President, Creative Nassau.

Patricia Glinton-Meicholas commented: “I’m so pleased with  the valuable footage we have been able to capture. I think viewers will be particularly fascinated by an interview TCL recorded in Red Bays, Andros. This documentary is only the beginning. It is only  15-minutes long, but there are so many more wonderful facets  of the Bahamian straw industry to be told, including its major role in  Bahamas tourism. It’s awe-inspiring that Bahamian creativity has produced such a wealth of  straw weave patterns and exquisite basketry. These must be recorded and passed down to future generations in order to stimulate a greater appreciation for and the continuance of these important parts of our heritage. There are many more people who have made contributions that we must and will acknowledge, but filmmaking is a costly process.  We owe this promising start in great measure to our generous sponsors and the people who participated by providing information, examples of straw products, video footage and photographs. I’m particularly grateful to my technical editor, Jide Lowe of TCL and Pam Burnside and Rosemary Hanna, who have been excellent constructive critics, as well as  other contributors, to whom we will express our gratitude at the launch,” Mrs Meicholas said.

The DVD will be available for purchase at Doongalik Studios.







This post courtesy of the UCCN website Fri, 12/11/2015

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The results of this year’s Call bears witness to the Network’s enhanced diversity and geographical representation with 22 cities from countries not previously represented.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is pleased to welcome the following cities within its seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music):

  • Adelaide (Australia) – Music
  • Al-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Austin (United States of America) – Media Arts
  • Baghdad (Iraq) – Literature
  • Bamiyan (Afghanistan) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Bandung (Indonesia) – Design
  • Barcelona (Spain) – Literature
  • Belém (Brazil) – Gastronomy
  • Bergen (Norway) – Gastronomy
  • Bitola (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) – Film
  • Budapest (Hungary) – Design
  • Burgos (Spain) – Gastronomy
  • Dénia (Spain) – Gastronomy
  • Detroit (United States of America) – Design
  • Durán (Ecuador) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Ensenada (Mexico) – Gastronomy
  • Gaziantep (Turkey) – Gastronomy
  • Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal) – Music
  • Isfahan (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Jaipur (India) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Katowice (Poland) – Music
  • Kaunas (Lithuania) – Design
  • Kingston (Jamaica) – Music
  • Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Music
  • Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Music
  • Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Literature
  • Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Lviv (Ukraine) – Literature
  • Medellín (Colombia) – Music
  • Montevideo (Uruguay) – Literature
  • Nottingham (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) – Literature
  • Óbidos (Portugal) – Literature
  • Parma (Italy) – Gastronomy
  • Phuket (Thailand) – Gastronomy
  • Puebla (Mexico) – Design
  • Rasht (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) – Gastronomy
  • Rome (Italy) – Film
  • Salvador (Brazil) – Music
  • San Cristóbal de las Casas (Mexico) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Santos (Brazil) – Film
  • Sasayama (Japan) – Crafts and Folk Art
  • Singapore (Singapore) – Design
  • Tartu (Estonia) – Literature
  • Tongyeong (Republic of Korea) – Music
  • Tucson (United States of America) – Gastronomy
  • Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) – Literature
  • Varanasi (India) – Music

Launched in 2004 and now comprising 116 Member Cities, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.

“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network represents an immense potential to assert the role of culture as enabler of sustainable development. I would like to recognize the many new cities and their countries that are enriching the Network with their diversity” declared the Director-General, as UNESCO celebrates in 2015 the 10th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the international community in September 2015 highlights culture and creativity as key levers for sustainable urban development. The Network will continue to serve as an essential platform to contribute to the implementation and achievement of this international agenda.

The next meeting of the Creative Cities Network is scheduled for September 2016 in Östersund (Sweden).


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The following article by Royann Dean is reproduced from the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants' Newsletter

Management Consultants are called in to organizations to solve problems by finding the most logical solutions to the challenges faced by the business. We are the fixers. In an environment where innovation and differentiation (not based on price) are the keys to survival, creativity is the real currency. My perspective is that creativity is a business asset for two key reasons: it enables a more holistic thought process to find better business solutions and it creates a better employee and end-user experience.

In part one of this two-part series, I will examine how strategic creativity and holistic thinking can lead to better business outcomes.

In many organizations, creativity is generally not considered a business asset. And depending on the stage of the organization’s growth and the type of change that’s happening in the industry in which it operates, creativity may be an important bridge to reach the next stage of the business cycle.

Creativity is not a four-letter word.

In traditional business environments, creativity is often like a four-letter word, relegated to the proverbial kiddie corner rather than welcomed into the corner office. To me, it comes down to just that – thinking.

The traditional management consultant typically comes from an industry such as finance or economics, where linear thinking is highly valued whereas creative thinking is non-linear. What’s the difference? Consider linear thinking as a thought process that follows a step-by-step progression where a response to a step must be elicited before another step is taken. In other words, one identifies a problem, chooses a starting point as a solution, and works out the logical steps to reach it.

The danger with this is that sometimes the solution that is considered may be one of many alternative solutions or may not be the solution at all.

In contrast, non-linear thinking can be thought of as a thought process that expands in multiple directions, rather than in one direction. It is based on the concept that there are multiple starting points from which one can apply logic to a problem. Rather than deducing that if ‘x’ is happening, the solution is ‘y’, one focuses on the actual challenge and potentially finds several solutions.

The True Value of Management Consulting

Creativity and holistic thinking in management consulting enables consultants to be more open to solutions. Solutions which may not be the (traditional) safe and logical answers but can ultimately be ‘game-changers’.

How to we activate the creative side of our brains? Put the mouse down and step away from your desk! Get into surroundings that are new, explore different industries and meet stimulating persons with outlooks that differ from your own. Attend conferences on business innovation, such as the Vanity Fair New Establishment and any number of the Bloomberg summits or conferences on leadership, business trends and design. Question your logic and look at familiar environments with a new lens. The ability to bring novel ideas and open new conversations to actionable solutions is where the true value of consulting lies.

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CN Members, Pam Burnside and Marilyn Zonicle, recently participated in a 3-day Training Workshop sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank. The sessions were held at the College of The Bahamas and various members from government offices, non-profits and civil society organizations absorbed and practised interesting methodologies relating to forms of project management. All of the participants were successful in their endeavours, and are shown with their facilitators in a group photo at the end of the Workshop.

The happy participants at the successful end of their 3-day Workshop. Photo courtesy of Kovah Duncombe

The happy participants at the successful end of their 3-day Workshop. Photo courtesy of Kovah Duncombe




Ceramics student, Alistair Stevenson, will be in charge of the Bahamian booths at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Fair

Ceramics student, Alistair Stevenson, will be in charge of the Bahamian booths at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Fair

The City of Nassau will be represented at the Jingdezhen 12th China International Ceramic Fair which takes place from October 18-22, 2015. Jingdezhen was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts in 2014, and the City has hosted this huge fair annually since 2004 catering to more than 2,000 international artisans. The City of Nassau was also designated a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts in 2014, and as a member of this prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), it has accepted the invitation to participate.

The Nassau booth will be hosted by Alistair Stevenson, a Bahamian ceramic arts student from Long Island in The Bahamas who is presently studying at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in JiangXi Province on a Chinese Government scholarship. An Associate of Arts graduate of the College of The Bahamas, Stevenson studied under the tutelage of Joann Behagg, and was awarded a Popop Studios Artist-in-Residence Prize in 2011. He was also the first recipient of the Denis Knight Award for excellence in Ceramic Studies at the 2012 All Ceramics Exhibition (ACE) founded by Jessica Colebrooke of Jessica’s Tileworks. Before travelling to China, Alistair worked at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation as its Curator. Stevenson stated: “One of my goals is to take the skills and knowledge acquired during studies here in China, and combine them with previous knowledge of Ceramic Art to use as a vehicle to manifest aspects of Bahamian culture with both philosophical and anthropological concepts, and this Fair is an excellent opportunity to do so.”

President of Creative Nassau, Pam Burnside, stated: “It was a pleasure to be invited to participate in this Fair from our sister city in China – this is what the Creative Cities Network is all about – an exchange of culture and creativity. This will be our first international exhibition as a part of the UCCN, and since Alistair was presently on site he could make the necessary preparations for the Nassau booth and be the host. Along with his ceramic artwork, the booth will be decorated with Bahamian flavor to give patrons a taste of The Bahamas.”

In addition to Alistair’s work, which will consist of pieces he has been working on in China, there will be two bowls by Master Bahamian Artist Max Taylor produced in the traditional Chelsea Pottery style, as well as pieces from Joann Behagg, taken from her recent “All Dead, All Gone” Exhibition which examined the dangers facing The Bahamas’ fishing resources as a result of overfishing and pollution of our waters.

Interested persons can view last year’s fair at and photos of this year’s Fair will be posted on the Creative Nassau website and facebook page.