National Gallery offers 
free tours to students

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is offering free tours to all school-age children to explore the world of art.

During the interactive tours, students can visit the Permanent Collection, tour the popular rotating exhibitions, and participate in active learning sessions. Tours can be booked throughout the school year, organizers said.

Kerwin Ebanks, education coordinator at the National Gallery, said the gallery would offer quality active learning sessions in which students could explore select works of art and complete activities developed closely with the national curriculum.

“For example, we’re looking at ecosystems for Key Stage Two, and Caymanian architecture for Key Stage Three,” he said.

Mr. Ebanks added, “The National Gallery has worked with the Department of Education Services to have the Active Learning Sessions fulfill objectives outlined in the National Curriculum [2008] for social studies, sciences, literacy and numeracy.”

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The Active Learning Sessions also address key objectives outlined in the National Youth Policy (2011). “The program provides opportunities and resources for youth to synthesize elements into a recognizable, definable, modern cultural identity,” Mr. Ebanks said.

“Art is essential to a well-rounded education as it drives creativity and innovation. We, as a small nation, have been fortunate to have such a large number – and variety – of visual artists. It is paramount that we acknowledge that,” he added.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 945 8111.

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