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CNCF offers local artists grants

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Samuel Rose of Swanky Kitchen Band and CNCF’s Tracie Watler.

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) recently announced the recipients of its first round of 2015 Grants For the Arts. “There were many applications and the Committee had a tough decision to make as there are a limited number of grants available,” the organisation stated. The selected recipients include: Nayil Arana, Badir Awe, Karlie Lovinggood and Samuel Rose on behalf of the Swanky Kitchen Band.

Nayil Arana at 15 years old has already been playing his violin for 10 years and the piano for eight years.  He also plays regularly with the Savannah United Church, Cayman Music School and the Cayman Island Folk Singers.  Nayil has successfully received a CNCF Grant to enable him to attend the Luzerne Music Centre’s Senior Session which takes place in the summer in New York. The camp will give Nayil the opportunity to improve his solo performances, chamber group performances and ability to work within an orchestra.

Nayil Arana and CNCF’s Virginia Foster.
Nayil Arana and CNCF’s Virginia Foster.

Badir Awe received a grant for his project The Ponciana Festival, a new three day festival celebrating film, music and art.  The purpose is to nurture and showcase creative works in the Cayman Islands. The festival directors, Badir Awe and Ronnie James Hughes, both come from film and events backgrounds, including the short film ‘The Devil You Know’ which was directed by Badir and starred Ronnie.  With connections in both the art and film scenes in Cayman, they hope their experiences will produce a festival which will become an annual event.

Well-known local entertainers, Swanky Kitchen Band, has received another CNCF grant to produce a live recorded album with an expanded 10 person band.  This third album hopes to capture the dynamic live music experience which has endeared the Swanky Kitchen Band to local audiences by reviving traditional Caymanian songs as well as adding new songs to their catalogue.  The album will also help Swanky gain bookings at international music festivals where they can share their traditional Caymanian music with a wider audience of music lovers from all over the world.Recipient Karlie Lovinggood is a young Caymanian who is involved in both theatre and film.  Karlie will be using her grant to attend the London Film Academy’s Screenwriting Foundation programme which takes place in June.  Karlie sees this experience as an opportunity to learn skills from experienced tutors which will help further her career in writing for both film and television. She will then be well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise in Cayman’s fast growing film and television industries.

The CNCF Grants Committee is now accepting applications for the September 2015 session. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Grants are for individuals who are resident in the Cayman Islands and have been resident for the preceding twelve months, and for arts groups operating in the Cayman Islands. They range from $250 to $1,000 for individuals and from $500 to $3,000 for art groups.

They will be awarded for non commercial arts-related activities running for a limited time, such as projects and events, commissions and productions, research and development, educational activities, professional development and training, organisational development to improve the long-term stability of arts organizations and touring, which might involve performances or exhibitions, artistic residences, artistic work involving people from particular communities, or a combination of the aforementioned.

Interested persons or groups can apply online on www.artscayman.org/grants-for-the-arts or pick up a copy of the application forms at the CNCF Office, 17 Harquail Drive.








About Monique Spence

Monique is a young Caymanian Reporter/Journalist who recently joined our staff. She covers community news and arts and entertainment for our online platform as well as The Cayman Reporter’s daily publication. Prior to starting her career at The Cayman Reporter, Monique pursued a Bachelors of Arts degree in Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

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