Large number of entries for Culture Prize 2018

PHILIPSBURG–Preparations for the Culture Prize 2018 are in full swing. Thus far the Department of Culture at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sport has received numerous entries from poets, dancers, visual artists, animators, filmmakers and vocalists. The deadline for submission was 5:00pm Thursday, March 15

The Culture Prize winner will be announced at Belair Community Centre during the Creative Industries Interactive Exchange Forum and Art Exhibition on Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-8:00pm.

“We are very pleased with the turnout,” said Policy Officer Sharine Allamby-Duncan. “The Department recognises that this format is a new premise for artistes, especially young emerging artistes who, still in their infancy as a creative person, are committed to discovering their personal voice of expression.”

The Department of Culture said it was “exceedingly excited” by the level of seriousness in the entrants’ approach, and grateful that the secondary schools have also been responding in assisting their students to get engaged with the submission for Culture Prize 2018.

The Prize is the first of its kind for St. Maarten’s creative industry, “in a culture where competition amongst each other on stage with emphasis on the performative has been the norm,” according to the Culture Department.

Candidates submitting their work to the Culture Prize 2018 Committee had to express their motivation and defend their work in their own words.

“Integral to any artiste is the phase of conceptualising and putting idea to paper and having a discourse about the process and the work. It was vital to us that persons submitting their work could express clearly their process and connect their work to their motivation. It is always exciting to understand what drives and motivates the creative process, what is behind the inspiration and how the artistes achieved their vision,” said Culture Department head Clara Reyes.

“We are very happy to see the level of engagement that young artistes took with regard to their submission,” said Department Administrator Gina Illidge.

Junior Policy Officer Lourdise Wilson said there was a steady influx of entries at the Department on a daily basis.

“Some submissions were hand-delivered and others came in via the email address,” Senior Policy Officer Daphne Thomas added.

Source: The Daily Herald