RUBiS energises youth in east Kingston with art project
Petroleum marketing company RUBiS Energy Jamaica Limited is renewing its support for Kingston and St Andrew youth by inviting aspiring artists to join the RUBiS InPulse Art Project.
The initiative, now in its fifth year, provides young people with an opportunity to improve their lives through visual-arts education led by local, regional and international artists as well as providing general-purpose educational training in mathematics and language.
The project, which is based at Dunoon Park Technical High School in east Kingston, has awarded scholarships to promising students to develop their talent at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA).
In addition, the project seeks to reduce the high unemployment rate among youth by providing them with a skill for economic development. The programme benefits around 25 participants in each cohort between the ages of 15 and 30, including Dunoon Technical High School students and early school leavers from neighbouring communities who wish to develop their creativity and deepen their knowledge in the world of art.
Human resource manager at RUBiS Energy Jamaica, Donnovan Dobson, is excited about engaging a new cohort of promising young artists through the programme.
“A number of beneficiaries have used the project as a platform to become professionals in their respective artistic pursuits. We are encouraging young people who have an affinity for the arts to join our current grouping to help hone their skills ahead of our next academic year,” Dobson said.
“Our goal, through the InPulse Art Project, is to empower our young people to make positive changes in their lives, and art is a powerful tool that can make this a reality. It is a much better alternative to sitting at home or on the corner,” he added.
A notable success story coming out of last year’s project is Jordan Harrison, who successfully graduated from the EMCVPA in Kingston in June 2018 after being awarded a full scholarship through the RUBiS-led initiative.
Harrison has now added his new role as InPulse Art Project assistant to his list of activities and coordinates monthly InPulse Art workshops at the Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital in Kingston.
“I encourage all young people who have a passion for the arts to be a part of the programme. My experience has helped me to grow as an artist and to fulfil my ambition to help other young people like myself to have an opportunity to improve their lives while doing what they love,” Harrison said.
“The InPulse Art Project is a great initiative that supports young people’s development in a real way. By participating in the project, I was able to make my dreams a reality, and so, I encourage others to do the same,” he said.
Individuals who wish to participate in the programme are invited to register through RUBiS’ InPulse Art Facebook page at www.facebook.com/inpulseartproject or call the project information line at 876-816-3794 for further details.