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YOUNG BAJAN CREATIVES TAKE THE WIN!

Twelve piggy banks have grown compliments of the National Cultural Foundation’s COVID-19 Prevent The Spread Competition! Asher Peters, Jahleel Browne, Milan Ashton, Sahara Farley, Nzingha Joseph, Chloe St. Marie, Myeisha Bryan, Dominic Brathwaite, Jon-ross Gittens, Tiara Lashley, Joshua Watson and Ziva Douglas emerged victorious from a field of one hundred and ninety-nine young creatives to receive their prizes at the NCF on Wednesday July 15th, 2020. 

Ziva Douglas receiving 1st prize in the Visual Arts 6-10 Age Category

 

The COVID-19 Prevent the Spread Contest, which attracted 199 entrants who submitted 202 entries, was the brainchild of Barbados’ COVID-19 Czar Richard Carter who was present for the prize-giving ceremony. Mr. Carter, who has worked with young people for decades, emphasized to winners and the parents present the importance of recognising that young people are important influencers. He also took the opportunity to remind everyone that the youth are not just passively impacted by COVID-19. The idea, which was born out of a need to engage children during lockdown, was implemented as a way to ensure young Barbadians become productive citizens of the future. 

Spoken Word 1st Place Winner in the 6-10 Age Category Jon-Ross Gittens being presented with his prize by Czar Richard Carter and NCF CEO Carol Roberts-Reifer

NCF CEO Carol Roberts-Reifer expressed her delight at the response to the competition calling the number of entries “very healthy, especially at this time”. An exuberant Roberts-Reifer also took the opportunity to remind the little and big ones in the audience to remain positive, adhere to health protocols and continue their pursuit of livelihoods in the Arts, encouraging them to sign up for the free courses now being offered within the National Training Programme for Culture and Creative Arts.

Tiara Lashley, 1st Prize Visual Arts 11-14 Age Category

Sahara Farley, 1st Prize Literary Arts 11-14 Age Category

Nzingha Joseph, 1st Prize Literary Arts 15-17 Age Category

Myeisha Bryan, 1st Prize Spoken Word 11-14 Age Category

Milan Ashton, 1st Prize Film 6-10 Age Category

Joshua Watson, 1st Prize Visual Arts 15-17 Age Category

Jahleel Browne, 1st Prize Film 15-17 Age Category

Dominic Brathwaite, 1st Prize Spoken Word 15-17 Age Category

Chloe St. Marie, 1st Prize Literary Arts 6-10 Age Category

Asher Peters, 1st Prize Film 11-14 Age Category

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