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Institute of Jamaica to receive $94 million for arts, culture project

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Institute of Jamaica (IoJ), the agency of Government responsible for preserving the country's tangible and intangible heritage, has been allocated $94 million for a revitalisation project, which will enhance its efforts to promote arts and culture.

The allocation, made in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives, will go towards installing state-of-the-art audiovisual, computer, lighting and sound-effects equipment; creating virtual and mobile exhibitions; promoting education and outreach programmes; and facilitating the artistic and cultural development of children.

It is being implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Culture through funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The aim is to improve public access to Jamaica's cultural heritage through advanced audiovisual technology and more frequent outreach programmes.

Anticipated physical targets for 2015/16 include: improvement of the Natural History Museum's permanent exhibition gallery through upgrading and installation of sound, lighting, audiovisual and interactive equipment; as well as creating video animation that highlights Jamaica's geological formation, natural history and culture.

A virtual cultural heritage exhibition for the IoJ's Virtual Museum will also be created and uploaded. A key aspect of this undertaking is to highlight the cultural exchange between Jamaica and Japan in terms of economics, social, musical and material history.

A natural history mobile exhibition is also to be developed, to be used as the centrepiece for education and outreach programmes, along with installation of a temporary cultural exhibit on unique aspects of Jamaica's cultural heritage.


Youth focus


Also to be undertaken is the promotion of cultural and artistic development of Jamaican youth through the development of a curriculum for anime animation and Internet-based educational programmes, and installing new computers, animation, and other related software to support these initiatives; and holding classes for children.

In addition, the audiovisual equipment in the lecture hall, which holds cultural events and theatrical performances, will be improved.

The project, which got underway in February 2015, is slated for completion in March 2016.