Students welcome heritage arts in new school year

Year 6 students in government schools are continuing to learn traditions that were once a way of life to Caymanians. 

The Heritage Arts program taught by Chris Christian, owner of Cayman Traditional Arts, encompasses Caymanian art, history, culture, cuisine and more. 

Originally initiated into just a few government schools in 2011, the Heritage Arts program is now also being taught in various private schools, the Lighthouse School, the Sunrise Adult Learning Centre in West Bay, as well as on the Brac. 

Mr. Christian said the program is important because it gives children the opportunity to learn about their heritage and culture. 

“By instigating such important local education among our young people, we enable Cayman’s heritage not only to be remembered but encouraged and enhanced,” said Mr. Christian. 

Cerrone Glasgow, a Year 6 teacher at Prospect Primary, said, “Mr. Christian has been a welcome addition to the staff at Prospect Primary School.” 

The heritage program involves hands-on experience with students making and using arts and crafts, storytelling, making and sampling of Caymanian dishes and painting on canvas. 

Prospect Primary School students, from left, Zanahria Chambers, Davonte Howell, Jahziah Johnson and Aysia Mason roll dough to make fritters.