Youngsters learn traditional arts

For summer holidays some Cayman kids are learning all about local heritage and culture at the Cayman Traditional Arts Camp at South Sound Park.

Since the beginning of the week the youngsters have been working in an interactive atmosphere exploring their creativity with the Caymanian arts.

The camp, which is being held at the park from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday for children ages five to 12, focuses on a different theme each week.

Working with professional arts and craft instructors such as Al Ebanks, Chris Christian, John Broad, Aston Ebanks Carmen Conelly, Deal Ebanks and Rose May Ebanks, the kids are learning how to make whompers, heavy cakes, plantain-trash pillows, kites, calavans and rosemary brooms. They are also learning how to catch the Cayman soldier crabs, enjoying old time story telling and playing local games.

Camp owners Christopher and Trina Christian said they are working hard to preserve the heritage they love by teaching youngsters the importance of preserving their culture.

‘It is very import for us to pass on these craft activities in order to carry on the tradition and to spread awareness of traditional activities,’ said Mrs. Christian.

She said she feels positive about the encouragement and support that they have received from the Department of Tourism, Cayman National Cultural Foundation, the National Gallery and the Department of Education.

In May, the family were invited by the Department of Tourism to represent the Cayman Islands in New York Caribbean Festival. There, they were able to display paintings along with a variety of crafts that were representational of Cayman’s talented craftwork such as the calavan, gig and kite.

Persons interested in getting youngsters into this arts camp can contact Mrs. Christian at 946-0118

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