Brac to mark Museum Day

To promote its rich cultural heritage while providing fun-filled activities for the entire family, the Cayman Brac Museum will host its second annual International Museum Day Family Fun Fair on Saturday.

‘The event’s International theme is Museums and Young People,’ Wanda Tatum, IMDFFF chairman, said in a GIS press release. ‘Accordingly, infants and children up to Year 12 will be admitted free. Adult tickets are only $5 each.’

Mrs. Tatum said the event has a threefold focus: to showcase the museum, raise funds for its facilities and provide good, wholesome family entertainment for the community.

The day’s activities commence at 9.3am., and include Little Miss and Junior Miss contests; traditional crafts; local foods and snacks; baby contests; dominos; student competitions; museum tours and souvenir sales; and bouncing castles for the young ones.

Youngsters may be especially enthused to find that prizes for the student competitions include mobile telephones and cash. The day will conclude at 2.30pm with the drawing and announcement of winners for gate prizes, which include airline tickets and cash.

Expected to attend the event are the Minister of District Administration Kurt Tibbetts; First Elected Member for the Sister Islands, Julianna O’Connor-Connolly; Second Elected Member for the Sister Islands, Moses Kirkconnell; National Museum Deputy Director Leonard Dilbert as well as some members of the museum staff.

Special guest appearances will be made by Coco Red Band, Dora the Explorer, the Cayman Brac High School Band and Year 9 Steel Band.

Major event sponsors are the Department of Tourism; Cayman Airways; Mr. James Peters; Cable & Wireless; Digicel; Thompson Shipping; Cayman Brac Power and Light; Cayman National Bank; ERA/ Island Realty; Brac Insurance Association; British Caymanian, Foster’s Food Fair and Rapid Photo.

Mrs. Tatum notes that last year’s event was such a tremendous success that the committee decided to hold it annually. In 2005, IMDFFF attracted some 450 people and raised more than $5,000 for the museum.

Pointing out the need for building upgrades, she said, ‘One of our greatest needs right now is space. At the moment we have no storage space whatsoever.’ Funds from this event and last year’s will be used to enhance the museum’s current facilities.

Since 1977, International Museum Day has been celebrated worldwide on or around 18 May. For more information about IMDFFF, contact Mrs Wanda Tatum or Ms Connie Godet at 948-2222, or e-mail them at [email protected] or [email protected] .

About the museum

The Cayman Brac Museum was officially opened in December 1983, after the old District Administration Building was converted in March of that same year. Information provided by the Museum indicates that Mrs. Leslie Bigelman of Grand Cayman and Mr. Joe Sprain of St. Petersburg, Florida, were chiefly responsible for the building’s conversion.

Mr. Will Ryan was the museum’s first curator, from its opening until late 2002. He was succeeded in 2003 by Mrs. Felicia McFarlane.

Mrs. Wanda Tatum, Administrative officer in the District Commissioner’s Office, currently serves as supervisor and has done so since 2001.

The original Cayman Brac Museum Management Advisory Committee, appointed in July 1983, included Chairman Linton Tibbetts; Deputy Chairman James M. Ryan; and members Guy A. Banks; Capt. Keith P. Tibbetts,; Capt. Mabry Kirkconnell, MLA; Mrs Hilda Bodden; and Mrs Cynthia Scott.

‘We agree with the International Council of Museums secretariat in their summation of a museum’s function: ‘Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples,” Mrs. Tatum explained. ‘We intend to assist our community in understanding this very important function, and encourage them to contribute to the process.’

ICOM, which was founded in 1946, is a non-governmental organization maintaining formal relations with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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