Caribbean Cultural Icons

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Topic: Human Cultural Development via the Arts
Members of Group: Mickael Carmel, Rhea Farrell, Kyla Burton, La-Chelle Carter, Zhané Joseph, Kyla Weaver, Shennel Douglas and Niah Joseph

Teacher: Mrs. Camacho

Subject: Caribbean Studies

According to Marcus Garvey, “a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Cultural arts continue to be of major influence in Caribbean society. Cultural Arts is interpreted as, the civilization of a given people or nation at a given time or over all time; its customs, its arts, and its conveniences or socially inherited artifacts. Over the years, arts have transformed many areas, such as; visual art, literature, music, theatre, film, dance, etc. Two very important Caribbean icons will be discussed in this piece. These icons are Antiguan Heather Doram and Trinidadian Beryl McBurnie. “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” -John F. Kennedy
Heather Doram is a renowned Antiguan contemporary artist her contributions to Antigua’s art community are of major importance. She attended the Antigua Girls High School, the Leeward Islands Teachers Training College, the Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts in Kingston, Jamaica and the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia. She would later teach arts at the Antigua Girls High School for a significant number of years. She found a calling for art at The Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts where she acquired a Diploma in Textiles. She currently works at the Ministry of Education and is responsible for art education in Antiguan schools.
Her major achievements in chronological order: Her first solo exhibition was held at the cultural Department in Antigua in 1988 where she participated in Joint shows with other well known Antiguan artists. Her work was part of a Caricom Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum of Art in 1989 and the



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