“Art is Life” on Friday night at Cayman Cabana is part of George Town Primary School’s campaign to raise money to equip a black box theater at the school.
The event is organized by venue owner Luigi Moxam and Cayman supermodel and George Town Primary School alumna Selita Ebanks, who will be in attendance.
The fundraiser will include a performance by the school’s students from 8–8:30 p.m., as well as a silent auction, a signature cocktail special, fireworks, guest DJs and live music. Each event ticket doubles as entry into a prize drawing featuring “staycations,” art and jewelry.
As envisioned by the school, the black box theater (typically an unadorned performance space with black walls) will form part of a Centre for Performing Arts being donated by Davenport Development. The school is responsible for providing curtains, lighting and sound systems, musical instruments, costumes, props and seating.
The need for a performing arts facility, and the positive effects of performing arts on the development of students are well-known to those at the school.
“Drama education instills self-confidence, empathy, cooperation and collaboration, concentration, self-discipline and trust,” said Cheyenna Stewart, the school’s PTA president and project coordinator. “It also develops imagination, communication skills, problem solving, physical fitness, memory and aesthetic appreciation and is an emotional outlet in a safe and controlled environment that is fun.”
Ebanks said, “I strongly believe that the arts are a necessity for proper development in today’s youth, especially with all the negativity on social media. It’s important we uplift our children despite their circumstances outside of school, teach them that all is possible and that the future is theirs.”
In addition to the black box theater, a Centre for Performing Arts would serve the larger community.
Ebanks has long had the desire to positively impact the lives of young Caymanians.
“When GTPS called about assisting in raising funds to equip a black box theater, I knew this was a part of my vision,” she said. “A black box theater will inspire and instill dreams in the hearts of those children.”
The model and actress recalls the importance of artistic expression in her own life.
“I can still remember performing in the lunch room when I was a student at GTPS; I was in Year 5 and 6. It was moments like that which stuck with me and helped build my self-confidence and ambition to dream past the horizon. I can only imagine the great productions the students will be able to put on with proper staging and lighting.”
The school has so far raised $20,000 of its $100,000 goal, and hopes Friday’s event will add to it.
“It is projects like this that allow the community to have a hand in helping the future generations of Cayman,” Stewart said.
“Art is Life” is 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Cayman Cabana, Cayman Screen Print and Funky Tang’s.