A splash of art and crafts for Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica

It’s that time of year again, with the softening of the sun’s harsh rays and the shortening of our days. The light changes somehow, and the weather has calmed. So, it’s feeling a little like Christmas! In Kingston, however, the traffic has not calmed at all, and the season’s activities have stepped up. These include … More A splash of art and crafts for Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica

A Feral Commons: An exciting new arts project will highlight the busy hidden life of our city Kingston

I have long believed that the arts and culture have a powerful role to play in explaining and expressing the depths, and the breadth of our ongoing climate crisis. Now, Andrea Dempster Chung of Kingston Creative dropped me a line to tell me about a really exciting project in which downtown Kingston is involved – … More A Feral Commons: An exciting new arts project will highlight the busy hidden life of our city Kingston

Wattle and Red Earth Collective kicks up its heels for National Heritage Week

October is always the month when Jamaicans turn their attention to their cultural heritage. National Heroes Day is Monday, October 17, 2022, at the end of Heritage Week, which begins on October 8 with an Interfaith Service at the University of the West Indies Chapel (I like this). President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia, … More Wattle and Red Earth Collective kicks up its heels for National Heritage Week

Kingston Creative’s ArtWalk wakes from the COVID-19 slumber and returns on September 25

This coming weekend downtown Kingston will wake up again, for a fiesta of art and music. You should go down there. This is the first time since the long, deep COVID-19 slumber we were in for the last two years. Here’s the word from Kingston Creative. Dancer Joel Immortal (left) and actor Desmond Dennis will … More Kingston Creative’s ArtWalk wakes from the COVID-19 slumber and returns on September 25

Kingston Creative launches the Caribbean Creative Network

There is always this tremendous forward movement from Kingston Creative. Forging ahead! Sustainability, accessibility, and visibility are critical for creative people. Here is the latest piece of the picture. Cheers to IDB Lab, the DBJ and American Friends of Jamaica for their support! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kingston Creative Launches Database of 370 Caribbean Creatives Kingston Creative has … More Kingston Creative launches the Caribbean Creative Network

Richard and Tyrone are two young Jamaicans who inspire me. Sail on!

These are complicated and indeed challenging times for young people. All kinds of clichés are trotted out about the youth being “our future.” But as former President Barack Obama – who used to talk a great deal about the future in his campaigning – pointed out, simply put: The future belongs to young people with … More Richard and Tyrone are two young Jamaicans who inspire me. Sail on!

Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

I confess, I have been preoccupied by family matters and rather low key. This World Environment Day I found it hard to focus; the issues are crowding in. In particular, climate change weighs heavily. I looked up the hashtag on Twitter, finding more and more semi-hopeful messages, “we’re doing something” videos, and “let’s do something!” … More Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

Ormsby Hall, Kingston, Jamaica: the perfect place for a downtown arts centre. Sign the petition!

This is to some extent a follow up to an earlier post, in which I shared a photo from artist and sculptor Laura Facey’s current exhibition, “Laboratory of the Ticking Heart.” The exhibit is at Ormsby Hall on Victoria Avenue in downtown Kingston and is set to close on June 10. It is open from … More Ormsby Hall, Kingston, Jamaica: the perfect place for a downtown arts centre. Sign the petition!