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THE CITY OF NASSAU TO PARTICIPATE IN CHINA'S CERAMIC FAIR

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yB_PlRnNV1M and photos of this year’s Fair will be posted on the Creative Nassau website and facebook page.

 

 

         

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CREATIVE NASSAU ASSISTS WITH THE IDB'S EMERGING AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES INITIATIVE

Creative Nassau recently met with Architects, Ida Jusic and Marina Mitrovic from the Faculty of Architecture and Planning of the Vienna University of Technology who interviewed CN President, Pam Burnside and Vice President, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas for feedback on Downtown Nassau.

The two professionals are a part of a Nassau Urban Design Lab team (view them on facebook under Urban Design Lab) that is conducting research and brainstorming with community stakeholders in partnership with civil society, The College of The Bahamas and the Bahamian government to bring about positive change in the City.

This Initiative is a part of the Inter American Development Bank's (IDB) Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) which has been in existence for several years and has targeted and improved Cities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Creative Nassau will be reporting on the Initiative's progress - so watch this space!

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THE OFFICIAL UNESCO CREATIVE CITIES BANNER DOWNTOWN TELLS OF TWO PROUD BAHAMIAN ACHIEVEMENTS

The UNESCO Creative Cities banner proudly displayed at the entrance of Downtown Bay Street in the City of Nassau, Bahamas. Photograph by Rosemary C. Hanna

The UNESCO Creative Cities banner proudly displayed at the entrance of Downtown Bay Street in the City of Nassau, Bahamas. Photograph by Rosemary C. Hanna

Observant drivers and pedestrians passing in front of the British Colonial Hilton to round into Bay Street, downtown Nassau’s main thoroughfare, will notice a large, framed banner on the second-storey wall of the building just across the way. They should know that this display, erected through a collaboration between Creative Nassau and the Downtown Nassau Partnership, represents two achievements of which all Bahamians should be proud.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated The Bahamas’ capital, Nassau, a City of Crafts and Folk Arts in UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network (UCCN), which comprises 69 cities from 32 countries with designations in one or more of seven creative fields—Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy,  Literature, Media arts, and Music. Nassau has further distinguished itself by being one of the first and only two UCCN members in the Caribbean, the other being Jacmel, Haiti.  The aim of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is to place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of development plans at the local level and to cooperate actively at the international level.

The second great achievement is that of the Creative Nassau organization, which began the application process for the designation in 2008. With straw crafts and junkanoo arts as their focus, the CN team spent the ensuing six years doing the necessary research and writing to demonstrate to UNESCO that the country’s capital was indeed worthy of the accolade. The City of Nassau received the prestigious designation as a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Arts in December 2014, which allows the City to display the official UNESCO Creative Cities emblem. Led by husband and wife Jackson and Pam Burnside (current president of the organization), the founding members included Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, vice president; artist John Cox, former UN Ambassador Dr Davidson Hepburn, College of The Bahamas professor Dr Nicolette Bethel and photographer Paulette Mortimer. 

“We are extremely proud of this designation which places the City of Nassau on par with cities throughout the world. This has opened up endless possibilities for creative collaborations, resources and opportunities to show how Creativity and Creative Tourism can be of benefit to The Bahamas economically and socially,” stated Pam Burnside, President of Creative Nassau. “Our collaboration with the Downtown Nassau Partnership has facilitated the holding of the Creative Nassau Market in Pompey Square on the second and last Wednesdays of each month. The market showcases the work of skilled local artisans in many fields who are making beautiful artworks, household goods, clothing and accessories, jewelry, drinks, jams and so much more. Locals and visitors to downtown Nassau can now purchase authentic Bahamian products and souvenirs.”

Gevon Moss of the Downtown Nassau Partnership, who represented the City of Nassau at the recent UCCN Annual Meeting held in Kanazawa Japan, added: “As the Downtown Nassau Partnership continues to improve our city, we are recommitted to ensuring that what makes us unique is not only enjoyed by our visitors and locals, but that it also takes center stage. This signage represents an international stamp of approval of our city. It not only certifies how proud we are of our Bahamian culture, but it also showcases how important culture is in defining who we are as a people.”

 

 

 

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IDB SUMMER ART WORKSHOP OPENS AT DOONGALIK STUDIOS

'POSITIVE ENERGY FOR POSITIVE CHANGE' - the title of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Summer 2015 Art Workshop, was well in evidence at the Opening of the Exhibition last evening at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, highlighting the work of close to 50 students who participated in the camp over the past weeks. It was a night abuzz with energy and excitement for the Creative Nassau tshirt-clad students ranging in age from 9 - 14 years of age, who packed the gallery to proudly show off to their families, friends and the public who came out to celebrate with them, their depictions of the techniques and art forms, along with their models of colourful Bahamian clapboard houses - the traditional edifices of the country, that had been taught by tutors, Yutavia George and Kirkland Deal,

The Bahamas Country Office of the IDB launched the Summer Art Workshop as a part of their mandate - ‘Improving Lives by Engaging in Local Communities’, which leveraged existing IDB outreach in the communities of Kemp Road and West Hill Street. To increase the possibility of success for the venture, organizers involved respected guidance counselors who know and have earned the trust of the children and their parents, owing to their track record of caring and good work in these communities.  

The IDB has been involved in many interventions, such as energy efficiency projects, the Creative Economy, Citizen Security, programs for at-risk youth. This latest workshop was designed to share IDB and the country’s experience in these initiatives with the participants by tapping into the creative minds of young Bahamians and providing a channel for expression through the creative arts as research shows that students who “have a history of in-depth arts involvement show better academic outcomes” than those who have less arts involvement. Research also shows that students who have been exposed to the arts are “more likely to show civic-minded behavior,” as compared to those who have not.

Astrid Wynter, Representative of the IDB’s Country Office Bahamas stated: “The IDB is privileged to partner with Creative Nassau and the North East Pastors Alliance, to offer this arts workshop to children from the communities served by Bethel Baptist Church and Gladtidings Tabernacle.  We intend to continue to foster such partnerships and outreach especially with respect to serving the needs of youth in our surrounding communities.  The Bank is planning to support the continuation and expansion of the summer creative workshops with a complementary after school program later this year.”

Pam Burnside, President of Creative Nassau added: “We were honoured to be asked to collaborate on this project, as strengthening Community through creativity is one of the platforms of our organization. I commend the organizers and teachers who saw the wisdom in putting on this Workshop. as it is so important that Bahamians recognize the amazing potential that resides within their creativity that can be used in many positive ways for the country’s development.”

IDB representative, Camille Thompson delivered the welcoming address at the Opening. Creative Nassau Vice President, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, who offered thanks to all who had made the Exhibition such a success, and was joined by Kirk Deal who added his comments and gratitude for the opportunity.

The IDB is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

The Exhibition will be on display at the Doongalik Studios Art Gallery until Wednesday, August 12. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10am - 4pm.

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CREATIVE NASSAU PARTNERS WITH THE IDB IN A SUMMER ART 'ENERGY' CAMP

As another community building/creative collaboration, Creative Nassau was honoured to have been asked to partner with the IDB for their Student Art Summer Camp under the theme "ENERGY" that is being held during the month of July at two locations: Bethel Baptist Church on Meeting Street, headed by art teacher, Yutavia George and at Gladtidings Church on Kemp Road headed by architectural student, Kirk Deal.

Patricia Glinton-Meicholas addressed the students about Creative Nassau and the importance of creativity and The Orange Economy to the country's progress, and coloured pencil artist, K. Smith demonstrated some of his amazing artistic techniques. 

During the camp, the students are being exposed to art history as well as several art techniques in addition to having discussions about energy conservation and recycling along with examining the importance of the Bahamian clapboard house - a unique creative response developed by our Bahamian ancestors in response to shelter suitable for this environment.

They will also be working on two exciting and transformative murals in their neighbourhoods as of next week. In addition, the artwork resulting from this Camp will be displayed in an Exhibition which will open at Doongalik Studios NEXT FRIDAY, JULY 31 from 7-9pm and the public is invited to attend......the Exhibition will be on display until Wednesday August 12! Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday from 10am - 4pm.

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CREATIVE NASSAU MAKES A MEXICO CONNECTION

Patti and Pam on the screen at the conclusion of the skype call with the participants in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico. From left to right: From left to right:  Luis Vallejo: Ministry of Culture of Ecuador. Mariana Landwehr: Representative of Jorge Paniagua, ambassador for Culture and Peace. Marco Santiago: Councilor of the municipal government of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. María Alejandra López: Representative of Popayán, Colombia (Gastronomy). Laura Schaumburg: Representative of Paducah, USA (Crafts and Folk Art). José María Macías: Director of Cultural Heritage of Chiapas' State. Sandra Estrada: Direction of tourism of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Teresa Bortoni: Director of the Crafts School of San Cristóbal. Shailo: Dog! Adriana Aguerrebere: Director of Impacto ONG. Mónica Solórzano: Researcher at ITESO University. Isaac Cordero: President of Las Casas, Nuestra Herencia ONG.

Patti and Pam on the screen at the conclusion of the skype call with the participants in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico. From left to right: From left to right:

Luis Vallejo: Ministry of Culture of Ecuador.
Mariana Landwehr: Representative of Jorge Paniagua, ambassador for Culture and Peace.
Marco Santiago: Councilor of the municipal government of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
María Alejandra López: Representative of Popayán, Colombia (Gastronomy).
Laura Schaumburg: Representative of Paducah, USA (Crafts and Folk Art).
José María Macías: Director of Cultural Heritage of Chiapas' State.
Sandra Estrada: Direction of tourism of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
Teresa Bortoni: Director of the Crafts School of San Cristóbal.
Shailo: Dog!
Adriana Aguerrebere: Director of Impacto ONG.
Mónica Solórzano: Researcher at ITESO University.
Isaac Cordero: President of Las Casas, Nuestra Herencia ONG.

Creative Nassau members Patricia Glinton Meicholas and Pam Burnside made a valuable international connection with Mexico this month in a skype call! The City of San Cristobal De Las Casas is presently making application to join the United Creative Cities Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Arts. They had reached out to Creative Nassau earlier in the year and a firm friendship was formed! A skype call was made this month to speak with members of the organization as well as representatives from the cities of Colombia, Ecuador, and the United States about Creative Nassau's programmes. More dialogue, interaction and collaboration is expected to take place!

Excited participants are shown in the photo at the conclusion of the 90 minute skype call!

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THE CITY OF NASSAU ATTENDS UCCN ANNUAL MEETING IN KANAZAWA, JAPAN

The City of Nassau, a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts, was represented by two delegates: Pamela Burnside, President of Creative Nassau, and Gevon Moss of the Downtown Nassau Partnership at the Annual Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) last month which was held from May 25-28 in Kanazawa, Japan which is also a City of Crafts and Folk Arts.

Along with 143 delegates from 32 different cities from all around the world, this Annual Meeting was an opportunity for the newly designated city to discuss relevant matters relating to the UCCN in group sessions, to interact with members of the respective clusters (the UCCN represents seven creative disciplines of Design, Film, Gastronomy, Design, Literature, Crafts and Folk Arts, and Media Arts), as well as to participate in plans for the new UCCN website due to be launched by mid June, and the upcoming 70th anniversary of UNESCO.

The delegates were also treated to various Creative Tourism activities which included trips to Kanazawa Art Museums, historic sites, educational facilities, traditional Japanese cultural shows as well as partaking in Japanese culinary delights. Mr Moss, acting as Mayor of the City of Nassau, participated in the Mayor’s Roundtable Discussion and highlighted the work of the Downtown Nassau Partnership aimed at enhancing the City’s offerings by facilitating and promoting more creative experiences for the visitor and local patrons to the city centre.

Representing Creative Nassau, the non-profit entity which made a successful application in 2014 on behalf of the City of Nassau, one of the first of only two small island states in this region to do so, President Pam Burnside described the conference as “an amazing experience. The opportunity to interact with sister cities of the Network clearly emphasized how Creativity can very easily become the third pillar of The Bahamas’ economy, and provide not only considerable economic activity for Bahamians, but also offer the unique gamut of creative Bahamian enterprises to stimulate the visitors’ and the local residents’ experience of the country.”

The Nassau delegation also placed a bid to host the 2017 Meeting in Nassau, in competition with Brazil, Paris and Italy. The results will be relayed to the Network within a few months. For more information on the UCCN visit, log on to the Creative Nassau facebook page and website at www.creativenassau.com, as well as the temporary website http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/creativity/creative-cities-network/ until the official website does live later this month.

 


 

 

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Creative Nassau Founding Members and Executives make literary inroads

Creative Nassau is proud to announce that Dr Davidson L. Hepburn, one of its founding members, will be launching his second book, a memoir entitled "Terribly Well" at 6pm on Friday, February 6 at the St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk on Princes Street in Nassau. The book chronicles his life's journey from his childhood in Cat Island to his rise as a Bahamian Ambassador at the United Nations to his role as President of the 35th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO in his later years.

The following week, another CN Founding Member and Bahamian literary giant, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, will be making a presentation on the theme: “Victorious People: Making Long Island a Model for Family Island Development.”  at the North Long Island High School beginning at 5.30pm on Friday, February 13 as the special guest speaker for the 2015 Yuma Island Festival.

Glinton-Meicholas states, “Long Island has the potential, in terms of its inheritance and its people, to achieve a satisfying measure of economic independence and societal tranquility and to provide other islands with a blueprint to achieve the same.” Glinton-Meicholas will share her views on some of the elements, which must be harnessed to achieve that end. She is adamant that one must “choose the term ‘Victorious People’ because we must envision victory right from the start. It must become the mantra for even the smallest child. Above all, all that is envisioned and achieved must be people-centered or what emerges won’t be sustainable.”

Long Island is historically regarded as one of the most respected islands for the production of exquisitely made Bahamian made straw products.


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2015 CREATIVE NASSAU MARKETS BEGIN THIS FRIDAY IN POMPEY SQUARE

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Market!

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Market!

Creative Nassau is geared up to start the new year with their first 2015 Market at Pompey Square on FRIDAY, JANUARY 30 from 9am - 6pm showcasing the best in Bahamian Crafts and Folk Art products and items for sale, following a bustling December Christmas event!

We look forward to "promoting and celebrating Bahamian Art, Culture and Heritage" whilst welcoming back our 2014 customer,s and meeting new and interesting patrons who might be visiting from the cruise ships or are walking along the downtown main thoroughfare, Bay Street, to sight see and shop.

See you there!

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ROTARY CLUB OF EAST NASSAU LEARNS ABOUT CREATIVE NASSAU

Pam (centre) with Club President, Nathan Stone (left) and Rotary member, Geoff Andrews.

Pam (centre) with Club President, Nathan Stone (left) and Rotary member, Geoff Andrews.

Pam Burnside made a power point presentation to the Rotary Club of East Nassau at their weekly meeting at the Nassau Yacht Club on Friday, January 23 and shared the history of the organization, its successful application process which granted membership to the city of Nassau into the prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts, as well as the group's exciting plans for the future.

As a former recipient of a Rotary Scholarship in the 1970s, Pam stated at the opening of the talk that "it is always a pleasure to address the Rotary membership."

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CREATIVE NASSAU MEMBERS STAR ON "THE BAHAMAS THEN AND NOW" SHOW

Such talent exists with the members of Creative Nassau! Cultural Icon Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, (shown above left) Founding Member and Vice President of Creative Nassau, was interviewed by another CN Member, Rosemary Hanna host of the popular weekly video show, Bahamas Then and Now!

The conversation encompassed a wealth of Bahamian culture, art and heritage and will be aired on Cable 12 later in the year. We can't wait to share the words of wisdom that will emanate from this episode! The youtube link will be posted at a later date and you can watch past episodes on their facebook page The Bahamas - then and NOW.

Congratulations Patti and Rosie - strong, proud, passionate Bahamian women!

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