Few features define a locale as strongly as the arts and culture it produces. The Cayman National Cultural Foundation recently recognised some of those at the forefront of Cayman’s arts and cultural scene at the National Arts & Culture Awards last month.
Held at the Harquail Theatre, the National Arts & Cultural Awards have been held annually since 1990 and recognise those who attain a level of merit in their artistic discipline, and who contribute to the arts, culture and heritage of the Cayman Islands.
The packed event kicked-off with a red-carpet cocktail reception where guests had the opportunity to view exhibits by artists Joanne Sibley and Janet Walker, as well as creative fashion showcases by designer Jawara Alleyne and Isy Obi.
Multiple levels of awards were offered. Recipients of the Gold Heritage Cross included the late Melvin Augustine, as well as sisters Maxine and Maureen Bodden, and the Crighton family. The Silver Heritage Cross was presented to Annie Rose Scott and Elvie Lizabeth Walton-Thompson. The Bronze Heritage Cross was presented to Keino Daley.
Recipients of the Gold Star for Creativity were Rita Estevanovich, Earl LaPierre, Joanne Sibley, and Janet Walker. Recipients of the Bronze Star for Creativity were Jawara Alleyne, Melisha McField, Isy Obi, and Winston Salmon.
The coveted chairman’s award for the highest level of volunteer commitment was given to Winston Salmon, while outstanding volunteers at CNCF were named as Wardley Conolly, Donna Ebanks, Burton Ebanks, and Rebecca Wick.
The Sponsor of the Year award went to Hopscotch Productions.
As awardees took to the stage, the ceremony was not without a chance for them to showcase their talents; proceedings were interspersed with entertainment including a monologue from The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe performed by Rita Estevanovich, a steel pan performance by Earl LaPierre, and a dance demonstration by Melisha McField of Dreamchasers Cayman.
The evening was appropriately closed out with the Cayman Islands Folk Singers performing several local songs including “Chip-up Potato” and “Come Back Home”.