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JCDC launches cultural project

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Students of Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay, St James, performing at the Project Yourself Cultural Arts Programme (PYCap) launch at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre on Tuesday.

Primary school students in Montego Bay are to benefit from the Project Yourself Cultural Arts Programme (PYCap), which was launched on Tuesday.

The 10-week project, which commences in June, is being implemented by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) under the theme: 'Crafting a Future Through the Arts'.

It will comprise training sessions and workshops targeting the visual and performing arts, and aims to unearth and expose the participants' potential in these areas.

Speaking during the launch at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, PYCap's co-chairman, Patrick Prendergast, said the project is being undertaken based on the evidence that young people involved in structured cultural programmes "are more likely to develop better character and social skills."

"The PYCap will, therefore, provide expert and professional support in the learning and practice of skills and techniques in speech, drama and improvisation, basic play writing, acting, dance, and visual arts," he outlined.

Prendergast said key areas of focus include: the discipline involved in developing creative arts skills and techniques; the positive life building skills that can be derived from outputs of a high standard; and the accompanying social respectability and responsibility.