Foundation supports new performing arts centre

The New Self-Help Community Foundation has donated $1,000 to George Town Primary to help pay for a new performing arts centre to be constructed this year.

On Wednesday, executives from the foundation presented the school with the donation, which was part of proceeds gained from the annual Talent Exposition of the Arts.

“The foundation’s main goal is to help youth of today develop a sense of self-worth and help them recognise their full potential,” said CEO JC Connor. “We hope that by recognising the needs of our young people and helping them reach their full potential, more young persons in our society will achieve success.”

School Principal Marie Martins said it is good to have a core group of people who give their time so willing to support the community.

“Children in the Cayman Islands depend on volunteers and we thank and appreciate them for what they continue to do,” she said. “Organisations such as The New Self-Help Foundation continue to make a significant contribution to life in the Cayman Islands.”

According to Cheyenna Stewart, president of the Parent Teachers Association, fundraising for the school’s new performing arts centre has been quite successful. The school so far has collected more than $20,000, but still has a way to go to meet its $60,000 goal.

“Although the building is completely donated, such work as lighting, curtains, electronics, speaker systems, musical instruments, as well as the air-conditioning system, will be the responsibility of the George Town Parent Teachers Association,” she said.

In June of 2012, Davenport Development, along with 20 other companies on island, offered to design and build the new performing arts centre, said Ms Stewart.

The proposed addition is a full collapsible staging and seating theatre with design specifications. The design for the theatre will encompass a so-called “black box theatre”.

The centre for performing arts will be a community facility that will promotes the school’s ethos as being a community school.

“We have experienced a few delays that have hindered ground breaking but we remain hopeful that the project will commence during the 2013-2014 school year,” she added.

To keep the ball rolling, Ms Stewart said the school is working on a new fundraising event in which people can purchase an engraved nameplate to be placed on an “Alumni Wall of Honour”, highlighting former George Town Primary students.

Ms Stewart thanked all sponsors, volunteers and donors. “We are excited to see organisations like the Self-Help Foundation be a part of a great project and a great opportunity for our children. It is through these types of organisations that most of our extracurricular activities are available to the children.”

The school so far has collected more than $20,000, but still has a way to go to meet its $60,000 goal.