Idakeda’s recently formed NGO, the Indigenous Creative Arts Network or ICAN is about to start its workshops for young people in the arts, culture and heritage. A short Orientation Session with parents/guardians and students will take place at 10am on Saturday April 25th, at the St. Georges College, Barataria, and classes begin the following week on May 2nd at the same venue.
The work of ICAN is aimed primarily at vulnerable youth, however we welcome all talented and serious minded young people. We will be implementing programmes across two age groups, 6-12 and 13-18. These programmes are designed to support school curricula, improve self-esteem, develop life skills and provide practical training for future careers in the arts.
ICAN will produce at least one theatrical production per year, and this will be used as a teaching tool, as well as our main fund-raising venture. ICAN students may also have the opportunity to perform in our other major productions such as ‘Kambule’ which takes place on Carnival Friday morning before an international audience.
Classes are TT$50 each or TT$200 per month. This money will go towards paying our tutors and income generated from our fund-raising efforts will be for production and administrative expenses, or other programmes such as special scholarships.
Check out ICAN’s Facebook page for photos, video and regular updates, and we look forward to seeing you!
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