Messages

Director's Message

At the University of Technology Jamaica, we believe in the development of the many facets of the student. No one is one dimensional and the reason the Centre for the Arts (CFA) exists is to nurture and actualize the UTech, Jamaica student into their true self.

Dance, drama, visual art,music and song are a few elements that are taught as disciplines at the Centre. We train, expose and engage students in the production of total theatre. CFA gives students a greater appreciation of the visual and performing arts which aids in their social and professional success. UTech, Jamaica is now poised to impact the world through the arts and entertainment as the level of training and exposure that the Centre provides will equip students making them marketable citizens of the world.

We focus on the teaching and preservation of culture through various programmes, festivals, seminars and inspiring classes. We also have full responsibility for the Caribbean’s first sculpture park. The Caribbean Sculpture Park is an open air museum where students can feed their creativity as well as relax and appreciate art and is  also a sought after venue for performances and guided tours.

Mr. Philip Clarke
Director, Arts and Culture
University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica)
January 25, 2016

Associate Vice President's Message

We are happy to welcome you to the Centre for the Arts at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) – an important cultural and heritage space for the benefit of our students, staff, alumni and the wider community. A rich experience through art, music, dance, drumming, drama and much more awaits you, afforded by the Centre’s programmes and juxtaposed against the backdrop of our unique Caribbean Sculpture Park.

UTech, Jamaica prides itself on providing every opportunity for the holistic development of our students and the opportunity for participation in the performing and visual arts is an important dimension in this thrust, as well as an important facet of the UTech, Jamaica brand which we are keen on continuing to advance for the benefit of our students and the wider community.

As the Division of Advancement (of which the Centre is a part) continues to mobilize our human and capital resources for the building of the institution, we invite you to support and participate in the variety of special projects and initiatives that the University will introduce to enable the further strengthening of our arts and cultural programmes.


Hector Wheeler
Associate Vice President, Advancement
University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica)
June 11, 2013

Message from Founding Director, Centre for the Arts

“The Central and seminal value of the creative imagination is that it functions as a civilizing and a humanizing force.” – George Lamming. Accordingly, The Centre for the Arts focuses on becoming a nurturing and dynamic centre of excellence that promotes individuals to unleash their creative energy towards living as the highest and the best of who they are.

The Centre itself is surrounded by an ever-unfolding creative Caribbean dream - The Caribbean Sculpture Park. The Caribbean Sculpture Park is a tangible showpiece that demonstrates our ideal that Art should not be considered a vacuum, but must come together with science, to extend into the community.

Included in our wide range of excellent cultural programmes, we offer Music, Dance and Drama Electives to University students for credit through the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies towards a degree programme. Outstanding students from our cultural courses form the UTech, Jamaica Art and Theatre Ensemble and Instrumental Band, which at present, are being trained for professional off-campus performances.

Our major community outreach project is in the form of an educational programme for children called “Tomorrow’s Children”. It is co-sponsored by The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) and is in collaboration with The Institute of Jamaica. Throughout the Programme we encourage the children to learn about their rich environment and cultural heritage.

To this effect, we also utilize a gallery space cum theatre, where we exhibit the works of prominent and upcoming artists throughout the Caribbean, and host activities in the Sculpture Park, showcasing talents of professional artists intermingling with students.

Presently, we are concentrating on the building of a New Caribbean Cultural Centre. The complex will be laboratory, incubator and showcase Jamaican creativity at its best; it will incorporate our established ideals and contribute to the strengthening of the nation’s social capital. It will undoubtedly be of significant benefit to members of the UTech community, neighbouring groups, and indeed, Artists in general.

The Centre for the Arts shall continue to foster an environment in which young adults, students, leaders, and visionaries intermingle with the sages, the scholars, maestros, and the ordinary folk, with ease, compassion, and sincerity, moving into the 21st Century and beyond.

 

Pat Ramsay 1998-2012
Former Director, Centre for the Arts

Message from Dr. Stuart Lewis


Message from Dr. Stuart Lewis
Former Chairman of the University of Technology, Jamaica Cultural Advisory Council

The role of Arts and Culture permeates all our lives, and is essential to our future and there is no better place to be so imbued as in the setting of a University of Technology.Congratulations on your achievements. Your growth and development is a magnificent contribution to the cultural and technological advancements of our community, country and humanity. We therefore look forward to the continued support of the public and private sectors here and abroad for their support of our mission.

Message from Professor George Lamming

“Education through Art has been the most neglected area of study in the region’s school curriculum…The result has been a disaster which now afflicts all our societies with multiple forms of deviant behaviour. There is abundant evidence that violence is often the exercise of an impoverished sensibility.So it is very joyful news that the University of Technology, Jamaica, through the creation of its Sculpture Park, is about to embark on the most fertile area of any learning process: the education of feeling. Artistic expression can enhance the meaning and purpose of any academic discipline, be it engineering, medicine, business, the social or cultural sciences. But the central and seminal value of the creative imagination is that it functions as a civilizing and humanizing force in the process of daily struggle. Art offers an experience through which feeling is educated; through which feeling is deepened; through which feeling can increase its capacity to accommodate a great variety of knowledge. 

Sculpture is an art which readily invites individual and group participation, and the park is a public space which confers on everyone a feeling of personal possession in an area of wider public ownership. In a time of great adversity this is good news. Therefore, we warmly congratulate the University of Technology, Jamaica, and say thanks for this example of educating our feeling in the belief that the Sculpture Park in Jamaica is a fertilizing artery of our regional Caribbean Park.” (Professor George Lamming)
(Professor George Lamming is a leading Barbadian novelist. He is also the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of the West Indies and the Companion of Honour – Barbados.)

 Message from Professor James Early

“I thought how wonderful that a university focused on technology would put in its centre a garden focused on art and creativity. We tend to think of technology and the arts as of opposite parts of the spectrum but they really are from the same space of dreaming.” (Professor James Early- the Folk Museum at the Smithsonian Institute).
(James Early is Director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Since 1984, Mr. Early has served in various positions at the Smithsonian Institution, including Assistant Provost for Educational and Cultural Programs, Assistant Secretary for Education and Public Service, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Service, and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Service.)