IDB Cultural Center grant recipient in Belize receives US$6300
Placencia Peninsula Arts Association’s “Way Bak Den” cultural project
Preserving & Celebrating Creole & Garinagu Culture
The Cultural Development Program, managed by the IDB Cultural Center, aims to promote cultural development in Latin America and the Caribbean by financing projects and working hand in hand as project partner.
The IDB Cultural Center has awarded the Placencia Peninsula Arts
Association US$6300 to produce a historical book. This project is a unique collaboration between the Placencia Arts Association, the two primary schools on the peninsula, and the Placencia Tour Guide Association.
Each of the standard six classes will complete an assignment to interview their oldest relative. Six students each from St. John’s Memorial in Placencia and St. Alphonsus in Seine Bight will go on to participate in workshops: journalism (instructor Janelle Chanona), creative writing (instructor Adele Ramos) and photography (instructors Placencia Tour Guides) workshops. These twelve students will then produce the book “Way Bak Den” which will include portraits, historical anecdotes, and experiences as shared by the elders in both villages.
Participants will gain invaluable written and verbal skills, learn teamwork, document the similarities and differences between Placencia and Seine Bight particularly in the areas of history and culture. The project is also designed to enhance respect for the elders in our communities.
This project was one of thirty chosen from over eight hundred regional applicants and would not have been possible without the cooperation and participation of both school Principals, Mr. Griffith and Mr. Lopez, and their Standard Six teachers, Mrs. Marita Roland and Mr. Keith Moreira.
Thanks to SEA for the generous use of their conference room.