The Rotaract Club of Kingston will put on its inner-city art competition, on Sunday, March 17, at the Grosvenor Art Gallery at 5 p.m.
Art is often displayed by craft vendors at stoplights, street corners and as sidewalk murals, all showcasing the unique and natural artistic talent from the inner-city communities. Many of these artists have never received formal training beyond primary or secondary school and simply create based on passion, intuition and raw talent.
This competition seeks to target these untrained individuals with the aim of channelling their positive energy and passion for art by awarding them with opportunities for formal education in the arts.
The Rotaract Club of Kingston's main objective is to expose applicants to ways of honing and enhancing their skill through education. The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 years old from inner-city communities within Kingston and St Andrew.
The club has hosted the art competition for the past six years, where they have seen increasing numbers of entrants and improved quality of work that they produce.
In 2012, three scholarships were awarded, which allowed persons to pursue further training at the Edna College of the Visual and Performing Arts, along with other prizes.
The Rotaract Club of Kingston is a community-service organisation comprised of young professionals passionate about giving back to those who might not have been given an opportunity to realise their true potential.
First prize will include a certificate course of the winner's choice to the Edna Manley School of Continuing Education or Creative Production and Training Centre Ltd, valued up to $35,000, as well as a gift certificate valued at $15,000 for art supplies, a cash prize valued at $15,000, and a certificate of participation.
Second prize is a gift basket, a gift certificate valued at $10,000 for supplies, a cash prize of $10,000, as well as a certificate of participation. While third prize will include a gift basket, a $7,500 gift certificate for supplies, a cash prize valued at $7,500, and a certificate of participation.
For more information please contact Dwayne Wilson at 875-7399 or Dominic Williams at 862-3729.