Scotiabank has announced a partnership with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands to become an education sponsor and corporate partner through January 2014.
The sponsorship is aimed at enabling the National Gallery to expand its educational initiatives within the community and to boost its mission in promoting and preserving Caymanian art.
At the gallery on Thursday, Scotiabank representatives Lovina Ebanks and Anita Rampersad presented Gallery Director Natalie Urquhart with a cheque for $6,000 for development programmes, including one annual education initiative to enhance the skills of talented young and upcoming artists.
“We are proud of the work that the National Gallery has been doing and we are confident that our investment will help them in their efforts to continue to showcase and stimulate great artistic skills among Caymanians,” said Doug Cochrane, managing director.
“Our support will go a far way in helping to provide the resources to execute the programmes they have developed to reach young arts and the larger population. Art is an extremely popular and effective form of expression for both mature and young people and we want to help people find the avenues to nature these skills and bring them to light for others to enjoy.”
As a corporate member of the Cayman National Gallery, Scotiabank will be able to access private curator tours and lectures featuring the work of local and Caribbean artists. The bank will be using this opportunity to engage both clients in private viewing as well as staff in team building activities via the Gallery’s major exhibitions.
“We are proud of our special association with the gallery as we think this is a great way to support the work of local artists and invest in the cultural community and arts education of the Cayman Islands,” Mr. Cochrane said. “Our staff will also benefit from a relationship with the gallery, as we all embrace the rich cultural heritage of our island and expose ourselves more to the wonderful works there.”
Acknowledging the donation made by Scotiabank, Ms Urquhart said that the National Gallery is committed to providing creative programming for young people across the Cayman Islands and it is through partnership with organisations such as Scotiabank, who recognise the role art and culture plays in a healthy community, that we are able to do so.
“We’re very excited to be working with Scotiabank on the development of a new NGGI Youth Summer Programme, made possible through their generous support,” she said.