Butterfield boosts the arts

Butterfield Bank recently donated $500 to Cayman Traditional Arts, sponsoring two students to attend the CTA’s summer camp.

Young artists

Butterfield Banks Monique Bush (back left) with CTAs Chris Christian (back right) and a group of the camps young artists. Photo: Submitted

The camp runs over four weeks covering such topics as Plants and Animals in Cayman, Traditional Homes and Lifestyles, Celebrations and Festivals and Marine Life.

CTA puts a strong emphasis on teaching Caymanian heritage in their programmes. At this year’s camp the children partake in traditional crafts such as making plantain trash pillows, cooking traditional recipes and art activities.

The children, under the direction of one of Cayman’s ‘Native Sons’ Chris Christian, are given the opportunity to produce their very own works of art.

‘Art is something that allows people to express themselves, so by teaching children I feel that I am offering them a tool that may even become a lifelong passion to some of them,’ Mr. Christian said in a press release.

‘It is amazing to see the talent that the children possess at such a young age.’

The works will then be shown in the first children’s exhibit at The Gallery at the Ritz-Carlton.

Butterfield’s Marketing Coordinator Monique Bush commented, ‘Summer break is a time when children are in great need of direction and Butterfield is pleased to allow two children the chance to attend such a valuable camp. I had a chance to see some of the art work being produced by the children and was very impressed. I am anxiously awaiting the exhibit.’