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Launch of the Imagination Awards

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination joins in celebrating Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence with the launch of the Imagination Awardson Wednesday November 16, 2016 in the Walcott Warner Theatre at 7:00pm.

As we celebrate our first decade, the EBCCI is pleased to have become a leading contributor to the development of the creative sector, facilitating training in film, theatre and dance, primarily at the undergraduate level, and arts management and education in the creative arts at the postgraduate level. As part of its mission to promote and support the making, study, development and appreciation of the arts, the EBCCI is introducing these Awards to give recognition to those who work and have worked tirelessly in the creative sector; nationally, regionally and internationally from and for Barbados and the wider Caribbean.

The Imagination Awards will become established as a premiere award, representing the epitome of achievement in the creative sector. Two awards - the “Imagination Award” to a stalwart, and the “Spirit of Imagination Award” to an emerging young leader – will be given each year to a individual, a group or an institution that has made outstanding contributions in research, education, publications, advocacy, entrepreneurial pursuits or other developments as well as activities in arts and culture; in theatre, dance, visual arts, film and video, and the literary arts

Mrs. Cynthia Wilson will be presented with the Imagination Award, in recognition of her contribution to the development of arts in Barbados and the Region as an advocate of the arts and culture. In particular, as Barbados celebrates its jubilee year of Independence, her advocacy in the formulation of Barbados’ National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), in support of the development of nationalism, and in a newly Independent Barbados, is also recognised. She will also become the Patron of the Series.

Miss Janelle Mitchell will receive the Spirit of Imagination Award, an award specifically for the Emerging Young Leader in the creative sector. Her commendation will speak to the Spirit of the Creative Imagination as a young creative and a young innovative entrepreneur. Janelle is a BFA Creative Arts and MA Creative Arts Alumna of the University of the West Indies, who started her business “Smart Arts Room”, a creative edutainment space that makes reading creative fun for young children between the ages of 6 to 10 years.

Professor Gladstone Yearwood, Director of the EBCCI explains that the introduction of this award will motivate persons at all levels in this area to excel, give the arts its respect, and develop a sense pride of socio-cultural, economic and political awareness. This would also encourage the development of careers in this growing sector, identify and provide role models and mentors, and encourage the pursuit of excellence in the arts and culture.

The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Joanne Tull, Lecturer, Carnival Studies BA Programme in the Department of Carnival and Festival Arts of the UWI, St. Augustine Campus, and a researcher in the Caribbean Creative Industries. Dr. Tull, a Barbadian will speak on the role of Women in the development of the Creative Sector.

For further information, please contact the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination at (246) 417-4776 or email


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