Culture honors for Sister Islanders

Simone Scott on the red carpet at the National Arts and Culture Awards. – Photo: Jewel Levy
Simone Scott on the red carpet at the National Arts and Culture Awards. – Photo: Jewel Levy
Simone Scott on the red carpet at the National Arts and
Culture Awards. – Photo: Jewel Levy

Simone Scott was among several Cayman Brackers honored at last week’s Cayfest National Arts and Culture awards.

Held on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Harquail Theatre, the gala event celebrated leaders in music, recognizing those who attain a level of merit in their artistic discipline, contribute to the arts, culture and heritage of the Cayman Islands and support the work of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.

“The evening was filled with excitement as some of the biggest names in arts and culture were being recognized. It was definitely worthy of the red carpet,” Ms. Scott said, adding that a highlight for her was watching Grammy-winning cello artist Dana Leong perform.

Ms. Scott, an artist and the National Gallery’s Sister Islands officer, received the Chairman’s Award for outstanding long-term support of the foundation’s work. Islyn Ebanks received a Heritage Silver Cross and the late Arlin Tatum received a Heritage Gold Cross for their contributions to music.

At the event, Brac author and storyteller Burnard Tibbetts was presented with a set of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s “Foundation Journal,” the latest edition of which focuses on the Sister Islands and features his history of the Brac, as well as photos and art by Ms. Scott.

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Ms. Scott said she considered it a great honor for her to receive and accept her award at the event.

“It is an award that highlights my commitment to volunteering or working with CNCF, since just after high school graduation way back when, mostly when it involved the arts and culture for the betterment of the Brac community,” she said.

These included Cayfest exhibits from the time they were hosted at the Brac District Administration building, as well as a Cayman National Cultural Foundation summer camp in Grand Cayman, and, much more recently, contributing her photography for the Foundation Journal that was launched at the awards night.

“I’m a firm believer of volunteering for non-profit organizations such as CNCF and National Trust,” she said.

A truly prolific volunteer with a passion for Cayman’s heritage, her involvement spans farther as well.

“It has also been such a pleasure as well working with the National Gallery on its board shortly after it was formed, and now as their Sister Islands rep/artist, and working with Cayman Traditional Arts preserving our heritage and culture,” she said.

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  1. Congratulations to Ms. Simone who has always carried the torch of culture and creativity high in the Sister Islands! She proudly continues the artistry so ably practiced by her parents. Well done, Simone!
    And congratulations to Mr. Burnard Tibbetts for keeping the art of storytelling alive and well in the Brac.