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Development of the Arts

The education curriculum in schools includes art, dance and music, adding, usually at the secondary level, the opportunity to study drama. The National Children's Festival of the Arts is staged each year to feature students’ talents.

Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF)

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) oversees several aspects of arts and culture development in the islands. It is a privately and governmentally funded body which sponsors programmes in the visual, performing and literary arts. For example CNCF runs an annual playwriting workshop and competition, sponsors an annual story telling week/festival, and runs several training programmes in artistic disciplines, including a cultural youth theatre group -- Young at Arts. Each year, the CNCF also gives grants to individuals and groups to pursue courses, develop programmes, mount exhibits, and create works. The Foundation also manages the Harquail Theatre. Damaged during 2004’s Huricane Ivan, the theatre has been restored and opened in 2006. You might also want to include something about Miss Lassie’s House.

In 1996, the Ministry of Culture, with the help of CNCF, launched an annual arts and crafts festival, Cayfest, to showcase local artists and traditions. Held every April, Cayfest is a month-long exposition which includes competitions and performances in the visual, performing, literary, and culinary arts. The Cayfest and the “Red Sky at Night” festival has moved to the end of February http://www.artscayman.org/cayfest.

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI)

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is an inclusive gathering place which honours our artistic heritage, celebrates art and seeks to provide inspiring learning experiences for all of our diverse public. The National Gallery is the country’s leading public visual arts organisation comitted to collecting and exhibiting works of art and providing innovative and creative educational programmes. While placing Caymanian culture at the forefront, the National Gallery embraces diverse cultures and traditions of our global community.

Established in 1996, NGCI is a vibrant arts organisation that seeks to fulfil its mission through exhibitions, artist residencies, education/outreach programmes and research projects. The National Gallery operates in both a local and global arena. As part of their mission to promote and encourage the appreciation and practice of the visual arts, of and in the Cayman Islands, the National Gallery sends Caymanian art and artists abroad and hosts many fine international artists, exhibitions and their works in the Cayman Islands.

Other Cultural Institutions

In addition to these bodies, there are societies and groups devoted to specific art forms. These include the Cayman Drama Society, the Cayman National Choir, the Cayman National Orchestra, the Visual Arts Society, CayFilm the Cayman Islands International Film Festival, Friends of Film, and Cayman's national dance company -- Dance Unlimited.

Last Updated: 2014-07-03