Full Moon: “Art is at the centre of everything,” says Jamaican artist educator Mortimer McPherson

On a humid Monday morning in late November, I found myself sitting on the verandah of a suburban home on the outskirts of Kingston, eating a most unusual snack, and engaging in conversation with Jamaican fine artist, wood turner, and art educator Mortimer McPherson. The evening before, McPherson had opened his latest solo exhibition, entitled … More Full Moon: “Art is at the centre of everything,” says Jamaican artist educator Mortimer McPherson

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

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

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!

Two rising stars in Jamaica’s art world go to AFJ Charity Gala through Kingston Creative

Kingston Creative “gets it”: Partnerships are key. American Friends of Jamaica is celebrating forty years (and I was happy to share a few of those years in helping to promote their charitable activities, at one time). They are “do gooders” in the best and most genuine sense of the word. This trip was a great … More Two rising stars in Jamaica’s art world go to AFJ Charity Gala through Kingston Creative

Paint the City! An open call for concept designs from Kingston Creative

Despite all the pain and sadness, I love my Kingston… Kingston Creative is building momentum again (when did they stop?) and has announced an Open Call for concept designs. The deadline is just two weeks away – Friday, April 15, 2022. Hurry! There is always hope and resilience. Let it shine! Kingston Creative has launched … More Paint the City! An open call for concept designs from Kingston Creative

436 Caribbean creatives apply for CATAPULT Grant; 10 creative entrepreneurs learn new skills, thanks to Jamaica’s Kingston Creative

Kingston Creative is forging ahead with its initiatives to boost cultural and artistic entrepreneurship in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Why do I think this is important? Because there is tremendous “untapped potential,” to use a well-worn phrase, in our creative community. I interviewed one brilliant young artist, Richard Nattoo, at the beginning of this year. … More 436 Caribbean creatives apply for CATAPULT Grant; 10 creative entrepreneurs learn new skills, thanks to Jamaica’s Kingston Creative