poetry, painting and all over forms of Art. Our pioneers like Miss Lou, Bob Marley, Owen 'Blacka' Ellis, Amela Blackwood, Edna Manley and others blazed a trail that ingnited the globe and turned the eyes of the world on our little island home.
How then can we say there is no opportunity?
Back then, the resources were limited but, that didn't stop our forerunners from
excelling and acheiving the highest standards in their given fields. They worked
day in and day out to perfect their craft, and when ever they took the stage
their audiences we most times delighted by the quality of their performances.
Jamaica now has a fully developed, modernised structure geared and educating
persons in various art forms; The Edna Manley College Of Visual and
performing Arts. This institution offers a wide range of courses that molds
average talents into multi million dollar industries; and might I mention that
Nothern Caribbean University, Exelsior Community College, Knox College, UTECH
and other institutions now have programs in one or more Art form.
This goes to show that the sector is indeed going places.
Back in the days persons needed to become Doctors or lawyers to become successful but the Arts has made it possible for persons to use their raw talents and to be of substance to the society.
However, there is just one issue that I personally have with Arts in Jamaica. The tuition fees are really high and most persons who would want to go to these institution are scared of the Student Loan option. I think the relevant authorities need to think long and hard at a way to reduce the fees or to make it more affordable for all Jamaicans.
Have you ever taken the time out to see how many jamaicans turn out for Tastee talent trail, Rising Stars, Comedy buss, and the JCDC competitions? Thousands of talented Jamaicans.
"Mek wi structure di ting man." Let's look into this field carefully because I know rewards are there to be gained.
Johnoy Godartiste Davis.