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Edna Manley College connects its past, future

Published:Monday | March 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Barbara Requa
Norma Harrack
Alma Mock Yen

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts' celebration of Founders' Week began yesterday, but it is on Wednesday that the connection between the tertiary-level institution's foundation and its future will be most clearly demonstrated.

Research in the Arts Day will be held at the Vera Moody Concert Hall on the college's Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, campus under the theme 'Embracing Our Inheritance: Founders and Findings'. And, in addition to the research done by the institution's faculty and students - which reflects the college's community involvement and indicates its future path - a number of speakers with deep connections with the founders will make a direct link with its foundation.

Coleen Douglas, director of marketing and communications at the Edna Manley College, told The Gleaner, "We tried to find people who were carrying on the tradition of their relatives or close associates." So among those slated to participate are Patricia Newland (daughter of founder Sheila Barnett), Alma Mock-Yen (friend of dance tutor Ivy Baxter), Rev John Scott (brother of Dennis Scott) and Norma Harrack (lecturer in the School of Visual Arts and widow of artist Fitz Harrack). Founder Barbara Requa, who taught current Edna Manley College principal, Dr Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson, will also be involved.

She is one of two founders still alive, the other being Bert Rose.


Outlining some of the week's activities, Douglas said that on Thursday, there will be an International Women's Day Electric Boogie from 2 p.m. -

4 p.m. at The Deck, New Kingston. "We chose the Marcia Griffiths song due to the fact that it had a lot of impact. At the end of the discussion, they dance to the song as a celebration," Douglas said. A gender and development lecture is also on Thursday's agenda. Tomorrow, an exhibition by visual arts students and faculty will open at the CAGE Gallery and run for two weeks, with the theatrical production Belly Woman starting on Friday.

"It is staged to celebrate the people who are responsible for the development of the college," Douglas said of Founders' Week.