The Cayman National Cultural Foundation held an awards ceremony to honour achievements in the arts on 18 February.
An evening of fine dining atop the Rooftop Terrace at the Grand Cayman Beach Suites served as the backdrop for the occasion, which saw members of the political arena, artisans and members of the public come together to recognise those whose work was being celebrated.
Among the honourees to receive awards at the ceremony were Quincy Brown, Leathan L. Martin, Michael McLaughlin, Simone Scott and Mona Lisa Tatum-Watler, who all were given the Creativity in the Arts-Bronze award.
Other awardees included Rosalind Ebanks and Rose Mary Ebanks, who received the Creativity in the Arts-Silver award.
Virgina Foster received Creativity in the Arts-Gold, while the Heritage Cross-Silver went to William Banker and the Heritage Cross Gold went to Carmen Conolly and Alvin McLaughlin.
Volunteer of the Year was presented to Winston Salmon. Additional accolades went to the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism as Sponsor of the Year, while Radio Cayman received the Chairman’s Award.
During the opening remarks of the evening, Minister for Culture Mark Scotland lauded the efforts of the artists being honoured, as well as the accomplishments of all artists in the Cayman Islands. Mr. Scotland also expressed the ministry’s commitment to assisting artistic endeavours.
“While many of us enjoy the numerous rich and vibrant cultural events on our annual social calendar, we do not often pause to thing about the people and organisations that quietly create, share and support the wonderful world of the arts and culture in the Cayman Islands,” he said.
“Even though these contributors were not motivated by receiving awards, it is important that we recognise and celebrate their contributions. In doing so, we underline that significant place arts and culture hold in our community.”