Almost 200 students from Sir John A. Cumber Primary School toured the traveling exhibition “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” at the National Gallery last week.
On tour from the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, “En Mas’” features performances commissioned during the 2014 Carnival season. “Mas’” is short for masquerade, another name for carnival in some English-speaking areas of the Caribbean.
John A. Cumber teacher Shakeina Bush, said in a press release, “Being able to see firsthand how artists use art to send positive messages is powerful and resonates well with our students as they take on the challenge now to also become artists that advocate for positive changes.”
She said her Year 6 students are working on their own exhibition. “This display at the gallery provided the link between their research and the final product, which should allow them to advocate for a cause they are passionate about. Students were blown away by the interactive artwork.”
“I enjoyed the videos we watched,” said Sir John A. Cumber student Nevresha Taylor. “I didn’t realize that issues like that existed so close to where we live and that artists use their art and ideas to make a change.”
Student Makalya Thompson said, “I really like how the curator explained why the artists used art the way they did. I was very thankful I got to experience that.”
The exhibit is touring the Caribbean, North Africa and Europe. The next stop will be in the Bahamas.
For more information, see curatorsintl.org/special-projects/en-mas.