After a series of Creative Workshop hosted by OAasis International, headed by Anthea McGibbon and 30 artistes from January 13 in the inner-city Primary School of Allman Town, the curtains were finally called on the event last Friday, January 22.
Lasting some 3 hours, the closing ceremony showcased of host of creative skills in the form of expressions, performing, literary and visual arts including culinary; to the satisfaction of the school’s principal, parents and students.
Bring the closing a notch over were performances from Reggae and Dancehall artistes Sophia Brown, Cecile, Chris Martin, and Iyah Shine.
Addressing the group comprising students, parents and well-wishers, Principal of Allman Town Primary, Kandi-Lee Crooks-Smith, noted that creative was a necessary attribute for success in any field just before narrating the years of appeal for creative arts support. Crooks-Smith noted that at one point classes were being held under a tree and that the school operated without an art and music teacher.
Principal Crooks-Smith commended Founding CEO of OAaSIs International Foundation, Anthea McGibbon, for championing the creative workshop. The principal said it was a step in the right direction and said that she anticipated future ventures to contribute to the intellectual development of the students. She opined that her “heart was filled with thanks” for the interest generated by McGibbon and team.
The programme, emceed by radio personality Derrick Wilks, saw student drummers, taught by drama teacher Omaro Mazlyn, performing and a new display of talent from Cleshede Williams of Grade 5T who did a rendition of “Strength to carry on”.
The literary arts were showcased in the format of poems written on certificates of appreciation and recognition issued to those who supported the event, while culinary skills were lavishly displayed by the school’s caterers.
“Colour Harmony” a painting done by the participants in a hands-on workshop with Melhanie Spence, was given to Bank of Jamaica, which was collected by Sandra Moodie and Ellan Neil.
In the highly energetic closing entertainment segment, the magician held everyone spellbound in breathtaking moments of illusion, setting a dove free from a painting of a dove.
Then it was on to Sophia Brown who belted out “Weak to You” and “Come back home”. While Cecile changed pace with “Take my wings” and Chris Martin upped the tempo even more with an interactive delivery of “I’m in love with you” and a melody of his songs. Iyana Shine who barely missed the mobbing and hugging by the students did “Livity” and “Violence no Sweet” as the children were settled again for snacks provided by Burger King.
The artistes all encouraged the students to approach education with a level of seriousness, while noting that it was important to discover and practice their creative skill(s).
During the day, student reporters highlighted the favourites presenters, Farenheit, Jermaine Gordon, Peter Lloyd, Melhanie Spence and the mural (painting), Reiko Nagase, Colonel Derby and of course the Kemarch “Wizad the Magician” Dodd.
The creative workshop series which were hosted by the OAaSIS International Foundation, founded by Anthea McGibbon teaming with over 30 artists and artistes from January 13-22, were sponsored by: Whistling Frog (Sebastian Odgen), Howard Moo Young (master at graphic design and photography), Print Xpress, Hot off the Press, Berger Paint, Burger King, Videographer Robin Chin, owner of Enhanced Realizm Studios and his team, Xclusiv Entertainment, and Paralegal Dwane Forbes).©