'Action or a Bag a Mout' Manifesto Jamaica looks at Vision 2030 plans
Manifesto Jamaica is hosting its first townhall meeting under the theme 'The Arts and Vision 2030: Action or a Bag a Mout' in the Vera Moody Concert Hall, at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts at 6 p.m., this Friday.
It will be the first official event for the second annual Festival of ART'ical Empowerment. Guest speakers include designer and animator, Andrew Davies; entertainment management and legal consultant, Lloyd Stanbury; filmmaker Justine Henzel and economist Damien King.
Manifesto Jamaica believes that whether Vision 2030 turns out to be 'action' or 'a bag a mout' will be determined by the actions taken now that the written document exists. Many realise the arts will have to be fortified and harnessed for its objectives to be achieved.
Peter Wright of the organisation's Advocacy Umbrella said in a release sent to The Gleaner, "As part of our mission to educate, expose and empower, we believe that the entire public, private sector and Government should have an understanding of art. This meeting is a starting point with those who will be involved and we hope it will stimulate further discussion into how we can build our creative industries."
The non-profit organisation is very keen in its belief in the arts and its potential to create a positive impact on society. Director Abishai Hoilett added "the townhall meeting ties in directly with our belief in the strength and power of arts and culture as a force of positive change and the endless possibilities it provides for economic and social development".
Hoilett was also quoted as saying, "arts and culture is critical to any nation - building plans. We will take an analytical look at Jamaica's Vision 2030" and how arts and culture fit into the island's plans. We hope to incite thought-provoking discussions and, in true Manifesto style, put art and culture on the front page."
Lead organiser of the townhall meeting, Anika Kiddoe, had this to say in closing: "This is the beginning of a journey. Become a part of a national discussion to help Jamaica fulfil its manifest destiny through research, consultation and reasonings. Accept the mandate to amplify the global reach set by Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and Usain Bolt."
The non-government organisation wants the gathering to serve as a call to action to Jamaicans at home and abroad, who are invited to participate via the live stream on the Internet.
Manifesto Jamaica is a youth-led, non-profit organisation that has been working, since 2009, on the mission to advance the arts as a means of development at the individual, community and national levels.