The Cayman National Cultural Foundation has recently appointed three permanent members of staff.
Charles Glidden is the new director of marketing and public education. Charles Glidden is now responsible for marketing and public relations for the Cayman National Cultural Foundation and its associated events. Mr. Glidden is the current co-anchor of Cayman 27’s evening news.
In his new post Mr. Glidden will also serve as spokesman for CNCF, advise the Board on marketing decisions and be involved in fundraising. The public education aspect of his office aims to bring the full range of work undertaken by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation to the forefront of people’s awareness.
Another addition to the CNCF staff is Donna Reid who is now Programmes Manager. Mrs. Reid’s significant experience includes having studied dance and drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Mrs. Reid is a noted choreographer and teacher of traditional dance.
The other post of Programmes Manager is now filled by Fritz McPherson.
Mr. McPherson’s new responsibilities include the maintenance and management of the CNCF website, in-house IT and organizing CNCF events.
As Programmes Manager he is involved with the production side of CNCF’s work. He produced the local storytellers’ night of Gimistory and managed the technical and logistical needs of the storytelling festival.
In welcoming the new staff members CNCF Managing Director Marcia Muttoo said, “…A passion for the arts and community, drive, and a track record of involvement in cultural development are vital characteristics for all who are involved with our organisation, since they are keys to its essential aim of cultural vitality.
‘Charles’ background combines a commitment to heritage preservation, cultural tourism, events promotion and the arts that has spanned both his professional life and his volunteer activities.
‘Donna has worked dynamically and unstintingly with school and community groups over several years, stimulating their excitement for the arts and drawing out potential where it may have been previously overlooked.
‘And Fritz has shown consistent enthusiasm and a creative approach to positive youth programming that demonstrates the potential that young Cayman has to offer the workforce.
‘We trust that being a part of the National Cultural Foundation will challenge all three… and very important, that the community will support them and the Cultural Foundation as we seek to achieve our goals of preserving and promoting the arts and culture of the Cayman Islands.”