The Cayman Islands National
Museum’s traditional arts programme, titled The Exchange, offers locals the
opportunity to learn more about historical Caymanian traditions.
Organized by Museum Education
Officer, Nasaria Chollette, the programme was designed to teach traditional
arts skills and preserve important aspects of Cayman’s cultural heritage.
The programme commenced in April
with a series of cooking classes hosted by Rhonda and Isaac Edie, but will eventually
branch out into other areas such as embroidery and wood carving.
“In my youth the furthest thing
from my mind was learning how to bake Caymanian traditional cakes or ‘heavy
cakes’ as we know them,” said Alta Bodden-Solomon, who recently took part in a
workshop. “[Now] I felt that this class was a must for me and, along with my husband
Gordon, who hadn’t baked anything except fish before, I feel a sense of fulfilment.”
Despite having added more sections to each class, Mrs. Chollette said that
there was still a waiting list for participants.
“The classes have been full to
overflowing, so much so that I have a waiting list for classes, despite having
added two sections to each class to accommodate all interests,” she said. “We
encourage all to check our Facebook page so they can keep up with the class offerings.
We anticipate next featuring Biscuit Cake, Duff and Johnny Cake.”
Anyone interested in being listed
for classes and receiving information may email Mrs. Chollette at [email protected]
In addition, Mrs. Chollette is
inviting locals to serve as hosts of the home-based events. Anyone wishing to host a series of three
classes, one per month for three months, should contact Mrs. Chollette as soon